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.

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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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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PHAB Awards Five-Year Accreditation to 12 Public Health Departments

Alexandria, VA, Nov. 22, 2016 — The number of governmental public health departments that meet rigorous national standards of performance continued to climb this week as the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded national accreditation status to 11 local public health departments and one state health department. With the November accreditation decisions, another 3.3 million people can now be assured that the programs and services they receive from their health departments are as responsive as possible to the needs of their communities

(A press release is available here)

Five-Year Accreditation Status was Awarded on November 15, 2016 to:

Cleveland County Health Department, Norman, OK

Flathead City-County Health Department, Kalispell, MT

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Public Health, Eureka, CA

Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena, CA

Pueblo City-County Health Department, Pueblo, CO

Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, Greeley, CO

Barry-Eaton District Health Department, Charlotte, MI

Dallas County Health and Human Services, Dallas, TX

Garrett County Health Department, Oakland, MD

Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Charleston, WV

Montana DPHHS Public Health and Safety Division, Helena, MT

Yamhill County Public Health, McMinnville, OR

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PHAB Launches Accreditation Webinar Series

PHAB has launched a quarterly webinar series that will highlight topics that are important to applicants or have been suggested by the field. The first webinar focused on documentation, with presenters providing tips on how to optimize documentation to help your health department succeed in the accreditation process through first-hand perspectives. Presenters were Shirley Orr, PHAB Consultant; Marita Chilton, PHAB Accreditation Manager; April Harris, PHAB Accreditation Specialist (and Three Rivers District Health Department at the time the webinar was recorded); Colleen Svoboda and Jeff Soukup, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Webinar: Creating and Presenting Your Documentation: Tips for Success

Slide Set: Creating and Presenting Your Documentation: Tips for Success

The webinar may also be viewed on You Tube.

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QI Leaders Academy Program Report Available

With special funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in partnership with Continual Impact, LLC, PHAB is pleased to have managed the Quality Improvement (QI) Leaders Academy. The goal of this year-long program was to build on the Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement (COPPHI) Kaizen Event Program and its Community of Practice to develop additional QI Leaders with the knowledge and skills to help build high-performing cultures of quality and to incorporate the sustainability of those efforts through the accreditation process. The QI Leaders Academy focused on one of the key roles in organizations as they try to establish a culture of quality — that of the QI Leader.

Through a competitive proposal process, PHAB reviewed and awarded participation to twelve accredited health departments.

PHAB, in partnership with Continual Impact LLC, is pleased to provide this report of the QI Leaders Academy experience in the hope that the summary of the program and the description of the health departments’ hard work will further their culture of quality improvement. Through health department testimonials, you will see the program’s impact on their work. PHAB will use this experience to inform accreditation and quality improvement in the future. Click here to read the complete report.

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