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.

Register for PHAB’s May 31 Health Equity Webinar

Registration is now open for PHAB’s upcoming webinar titled “Advancing Health Equity through the PHAB Standards.”

To be held from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. ET on May 31, this PHAB webinar will provide first-hand perspectives that will help participants to: 

 •             Explore specific PHAB Standards which address collaborative efforts to advance health equity

•             Describe multiple ways in which health departments collaborate with community partners to promote health equity and a culture of health

•             Identify strategies currently being implemented through accredited health departments to advance health equity in the population they serve

In this PHAB webinar, you’ll hear from PHAB staff as well as individuals leading health equity work through local health departments, including Torney Smith, Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane, WA; and Kelley Vivian, El Paso County Public Health, Colorado Springs, CO.

 Register today at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2237995827730652930

Questions? Contact Shirley Orr at Shirleyaorr@gmail.com.

 

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“Accreditation Works!” A New 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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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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PHAB Awards National Accreditation to 16 Public Health Departments

Demonstrating the capacity to provide the highest quality of services to their communities, 16 more public health departments have been awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This week’s decisions bring another 4.5 million people into the growing circle of communities that can be assured their health departments are meeting rigorous national standards.

National accreditation status was awarded March 14, 2017 to:

  • Bethlehem Health Bureau, Bethlehem, PA

  • Cecil County Health Department, Elkton, MD

  • Center for Human Development, Inc., La Grande, OR

  • City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services, Nashua, NH

  • Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, CT

  • Denver Environmental Health, Denver, CO

  • Hamilton County Public Health, Cincinnati, OH

  • Jackson County Public Health, Medford, OR

  • Jessamine County Health Department, Nicholasville, KY

  • Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Somerset, KY

  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA

  • North Dakota Department of Health, Bismarck, ND

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA

  • Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department, Shawano, WI

  • Union County General Health District, Marysville, OH

  • Washington County Public Health Division, Hillsboro, OR

Click here to read the press release.

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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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PHAB Releases Reaccreditation Process and Requirements

PHAB is pleased to announce the release of the Guide to National Public Health Department Reaccreditation: Process and Requirements. This Guide presents the official requirements and process for the reaccreditation of public health departments. The Guide pertains to accredited health departments that submitted their application for initial accreditation on or before June 30, 2016.

Many accreditation organizations repeat the initial accreditation requirements and process for reaccreditation. However, PHAB determined that simply repeating initial accreditation would not continue to advance public health departments.

PHAB reaccreditation builds on initial accreditation, but is very different. Both the requirements and the process for reaccreditation have been designed to ensure that accredited health departments continue to evolve, improve, and advance, thereby becoming increasingly effective at improving the health of the population they serve.

Read the special announcement about the release of the Guide to National Public Health Department Reaccreditation: Process and Requirements, and join our mailing list to receive the latest PHAB news.

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