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Three health departments this week joined the growing ranks of those accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The decisions bring the number of public health departments now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 22. Click here to read the full press release.
A team at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health is seeking nominations of collaborative partnerships for a new study. The project will identify, compare, and contrast exceptional models of collaborative partnerships involving public health departments, hospitals, and other stakeholders committed to improving community health. The study will determine the key lessons learned from their experience.
An Executive Summary of this project is available here.
Health departments are invited to nominate collaborative models that are well-established and demonstrate all or many of the core characteristics of successful partnerships spelled out on pp. 3-4 in the Executive Summary. The nomination form is available here.
For more information about the types of collaborative partnerships the team is seeking to identify and study in-depth, contact study coordinator Ann Kelly at 859-218-2317 or via email at email@example.com. Or contact the principal investigators directly: Professor Larry Prybil at 859-218-2239 or Lpr224@uky.edu; Dr. Douglas Scutchfield at 859-218-2024 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Professor Glen Mays at 859-218-2029 or email@example.com.
The study is supported by a coalition that includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
PHAB Special Feature:
Q&A With Judge Henry Bertram: ‘The whole atmosphere within our organization was changed because of accreditation’
Boards of health hold important roles in the national accreditation movement. In this Q&A, Judge Henry Bertram, chair of the Board of Health of the PHAB-accredited Three Rivers District Health Department in Owenton, Kentucky, discusses how the accreditation process improves accountability, credibility, staff performance, and morale. He also reflects on why boards of health must work diligently with their health officers and health department leadership. The full transcript of the interview is available here.
There’s still time to register for PHAB’s one-day Learning Institute at APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston. Titled “How to Assess and Select Documentation for PHAB Accreditation,” the Learning Institute (LI 2015.0) will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Participants will develop the skills necessary to select documents appropriately, including demonstrating conformity with the Standards and Measures and assessing documents against specific accreditation requirements. Six continuing education credits are available to participants of the Learning Institute, which will develop skills through lectures, group discussions, and hands-on exercises.
Alexandria, VA — The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) this week awarded five-year national accreditation status to five public health departments. The decisions bring the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 19.
Accreditation status was awarded August 20, 2013 to:
- Central Michigan District Health Department, Mount Pleasant, Mich.;
- Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, Ill.;
- El Paso County Public Health, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
- Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kansas City, Mo.; and
- Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, Okla.
Eleven states now boast at least one PHAB-accredited public health department. PHAB-accredited agencies range in size from small health departments serving communities of 45,000 to those serving large metropolitan areas of millions, such as the Chicago Department of Public Health, which was awarded accreditation this week.
“This is an important achievement and recognition that highlights the city of Chicago’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness on the part of all of our residents,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We are focused on policies that will help all Chicagoans and their families enjoy the highest quality of life. We will continue to strive to make Chicago one of the healthiest cities in the world.”
Hundreds of health departments are currently preparing to seek national accreditation through the program, which launched in September 2011 after more than a decade in development.