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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.

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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16 Health Departments Awarded PHAB Accreditation: Cherokee Nation First Tribal Health Department in U.S. to Achieve Designation

In keeping with their mission to improve the conditions in which their communities can be healthy, another 16 governmental public health departments have achieved five-year accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). With these decisions, the transformational benefits of being served by a PHAB-accredited health department now reach more than 170 million people, or 55 percent of the U.S. population. Marking another crucial milestone for the national accreditation program, the Cherokee Nation has become the first Tribal public health department in the United States to achieve accreditation through PHAB. 

A press release is available here.

National accreditation status was awarded August 17, 2016 to:

  • Benton-Franklin Health District, Kennewick, Washington
  • Bloomington Public Health/Public Health Alliance of Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Cherokee Nation Health Services, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • Dakota County Public Health Department, West St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • La Crosse County Health Department, La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Lake County General Health District, Painesville, Ohio
  • Lorain County General Health District, Elyria, Ohio
  • Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Minneapolis Health Department, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mohave County Department of Public Health, Kingman, Arizona
  • Portland Public Health Division, Portland, Maine
  • Prince William Health District, Manassas, Virginia
  • Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Waushara County Health Department, Wautoma, Wisconsin
  • Williamson County and Cities Health District, Georgetown, Texas
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MMWR Report Evaluates the Impact of National Public Health Department Accreditation

A report in the August 12, 2016 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describes how the national public health department accreditation program launched by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in 2011 is bringing far-reaching benefits to health departments and the communities they serve. The report, “Evaluating the Impact of National Public Health Department Accreditation — United States, 2016,” draws from surveys conducted by a social science research organization to describe the many benefits accreditation brings to health departments and communities, including fostering engagement in quality improvement, enhancing management processes, and improving accountability. Click here to read the complete report.

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