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Number of Health Departments Accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board Now Surpasses the 200 Mark

Alexandria, VA — November 21, 2017 — From preventing epidemics to responding to disasters and protecting against environmental hazards, injury and preventable death, state and local public health departments in the United States work every day to fulfill their important work of protecting and promoting the health of the communities they serve. Through the achievement of national accreditation, a growing number of health departments have demonstrated a commitment to having their work reviewed against national standards. This week, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced it has awarded national accreditation status to 13 more health departments. The decisions mark a new milestone as the number of governmental public health departments accredited through the nonprofit national organization now surpasses 200.

Read the full press release here.

Since the launch of the national accreditation program in 2011, a total of 211 public health departments and one integrated local public health department system have achieved national accreditation status through PHAB. Currently, another 158 health departments are seeking accreditation and more are entering the process each week. PHAB is the non-profit, non-governmental organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, which aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health departments.

With this week’s accreditation decisions, the transformational benefits of being served by a PHAB-accredited health department now reach more than 213 million people across the United States, which means that nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population is now served by a health department that meets PHAB’s rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services to their communities. To receive accreditation through PHAB, a health department or integrated local public health department system must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted peer-reviewed assessment process.

National accreditation status was awarded November 14, 2017 to:

  • Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
  • Cattaraugus County Health Department, Olean, NY
  • Clermont County Public Health,  Batavia, OH
  • Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department, Wisner, NE
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
  • Laurel County Health Department, London, KY
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services, Glencoe, MN
  • North Central Health District 5-2, Macon, GA
  • Tri-County Health Department, Greenwood Village, CO
  • Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford, IL
  • Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, Woodland, CA

 

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Comments Being Accepted: Supplemental Process and Documentation Guidance for Tribal Public Health Departments

A draft Supplemental Process and Documentation Guidance for Tribal Public Health Departments pursuing accreditation has been developed in partnership with the National Indian Health Board’s Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board. This guide is intended to provide additional assistance to Tribal health departments in applying the PHAB standards and measures in a Tribal setting. The document can be found here, and the vetting document for providing PHAB with comments is located here. PHAB is currently taking public comments on this document.

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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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