Welcome to the PHAB Newsroom!

PHAB's Newsroom contains up-to-date information about the growing number of nationally accredited public health departments, as well as links to PHAB's e-newsletters, press releases, news articles and other announcements about public health departments achieving national accreditation.

PHAB's Newsroom also contains information on how to request speakers, presentations, or exhibits from PHAB.

If you are a working journalist seeking information about PHAB and/or the national accreditation program, or wish to interview a member of PHAB's staff or board of directors, or if you would like assistance in cultivating story ideas tied to the national accreditation movement, please contact PHAB Communications Manager Teddi Nicolaus at 703-778-4549 ext. 118, or tnicolaus@phaboard.org.

Update on DIS Certification

PHAB has been privileged to coordinate a special body of work related to assessing the potential for a national Disease Intervention Specialst (DIS) Certification Program. In keeping with PHAB’s tradition of publishing special editions of our e-newsletters when we have detailed information on a topic pertinent to public health practice and performance improvement, this e-newsletter is devoted solely to providing an update on DIS certification. In particular, the update highlights accomplishments from the second phase of the project, which was to assess the best model for DIS certification and undertake foundational activities for certification program development. We hope that you will enjoy reading about the important work that DIS do and the contribution that certification can make to their overall performance.



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Site Visitor Eligibility Criteria

If  you are interested in becoming a volunteer PHAB Site Visitor, keep in mind that you must have:

  1. At least five years of professional public health experience in a Tribal, state, local, or territorial governmental health department; and
  2. Leadership or management experience as demonstrated by supervisory responsibility for one or more programs; and
  3. A baccalaureate or higher degree.

You are ineligible to serve as a PHAB Site Visitor if you are a:

  1. Current staff member of an organization or association that provides accreditation technical assistance to health departments to prepare for accreditation.
  2. Current Federal Employee.
  3. Current Robert Wood Johnson Foundation employee.
  4. Member of the PHAB Board of Directors or Accreditation Committee.

Click here for more information about site visitors’ roles and responsibilities, as well as for information about how to apply. For additional information, please contact PHAB Volunteer Services Manager Jeff Lake at jlake@phaboard.org.

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PHNCI Announces $1.55 Million in Grants to Strengthen Innovation in Public Health

Nine grant recipients will develop, test and implement innovative practices that other public health organizations can adapt to their communities’ needs 

The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI), a division of the Public Health Accreditation Board, announced today that nine public health organizations will receive a combined $1.55 million to advance innovative public health practices that monitor and head off threats to the health and welfare of their communities. The funds will allow these organizations to develop, test and implement innovative practices that other public health agencies can adapt to their communities’ needs.

The nine grant recipients will focus on a variety of challenges across the public health landscape, from promoting nutrition to engaging at-risk communities. The grantees and focus areas include:

  • Baltimore City Health Department (MD): Coordinating low-income food access through an online pilot
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Community Relations Division: Developing multi-disciplinary networks to address equity
  • DuPage County Health Department (IL): Creating cross-sector partnerships to coordinate mental health care
  • Garrett County Health Department (MD): Driving community planning participation through low-cost digital tools
  • Kansas Association of Local Health Departments: Increasing cross-jurisdictional partnerships for service efficiency
  • Minnesota Department of Health: Addressing health equity through social service coordination
  • Pima County Health Department (AZ): Improving low-income mother and child health through economic policies
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (WA): Empowering communities through a participatory budgeting process
  • University of Chicago, Center for Spatial Data Science and School of Social Service Administration (IL): Aligning community health needs with existing resources for maximum impact

Click here to read the press release.

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“Accreditation Works!” A Video From Hennepin County Public Health Department

PHAB is pleased to share the first-ever “Accreditation Works!” video! Submitted by Hennepin County Public Health Department in Minneapolis, Minn., the 3 and 1/2-minute video was developed and produced by a team that included Public Health Director Susan Palchick along with Susan Moore, Lori Imsdahl, Tomoko Townsley, Thia Bryan and the health department’s QI Council. Click here to see it!

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PHAB Awards National Accreditation to 11 Public Health Departments

The national program to improve and protect the health of the public continued its nationwide expansion in June as 11 more governmental public health departments achieved five-year accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The decisions bring another 19.7 million people into a rapidly growing network of communities served by health departments that meet rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services.

National accreditation status was awarded June 6, 2017 to:

  • Alabama Department of Public Health, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Public Health, Boise, Idaho
  • Lewis and Clark Public Health, Helena, Montana
  • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Linn County Department of Health Services, Albany, Oregon
  • Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Olmsted County Public Health Services, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Portsmouth Health District, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Sauk County Health Department, Baraboo, Wisconsin
  • Stark County Health Department, Canton, Ohio

Read the press release.

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New Infographic Showcases the Value of PHAB Accreditation

PHAB is excited to unveil a new, one-page infographic showcasing the value of PHAB accreditation!

The new resource, the Value of PHAB Accreditation: Strengthening Health Departments to Better Serve Their Communities, provides a visual representation of data from the evaluation of the national accreditation program conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, as well as responses to interviews/surveys conducted as part of the NORC evaluation. The colorful infographic showcases six key themes, or benefits, that have emerged from the findings: quality improvement, partnerships, accountability, strengths/weaknesses, workforce, and resources. The new infographic is available here as a free download. In addition, printed copies will be available at various conferences in the coming months. Health departments that wish to give printed copies of the new infographic to their staff, community partners and decision-makers may purchase various quantities (printed on a heavier card stock) at PHAB’s online store.

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Reccreditation Webinar Now Available

The PHAB webinar, “An Introduction to PHAB Reaccreditation,” as well as other resources are now available for viewing or download.

Webinar: An Introduction to PHAB Reaccreditation

Slide Set: An Introduction to PHAB Reaccreditation

Reaccreditation FAQ: View or download this six-page packet of important questions and answers related to reaccreditation. (February 2017)

The webinar may also be viewed on You Tube.


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