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Public Health Accreditation

Public Health Accreditation

The Public Health Accreditation Board is a national nonprofit organization that administers the voluntary accreditation program for state, local, territorial and tribal health departments. Accreditation documents the capacity of the public health agency to deliver the three core functions of public health and the Ten Essential Public Health Services. Thus, accreditation gives reasonable assurance of the range of public health services an agency should provide. The standards for this voluntary program were created by public health experts over a four-year period, and accreditation was first offered in 2011.

 

Professional Resources and Organizations

  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) provides tools, resources, and training opportunities to local health departments to assist in their preparation for accreditation.

  • The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) provides technical assistance and resources to states in the areas of accreditation preparation, national performance standards assessment and quality improvement.

  • The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has partnered with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) since 2008 in a national effort to advance public health practice in Indian Country. Public health accreditation standards can be used to reinforce the role of public health Tribal communities and can help Tribal health departments achieve performance excellence.