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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.
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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.
Read the September/October 2016 issue of the PHAB E-Newsletter and join our mailing list to receive the latest PHAB news.
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.
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
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.
Read the June/July 2016 issue of the PHAB E-Newsletter and join our mailing list to receive the latest PHAB news.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) announces the release of a new video, “Tribal Leaders’ Perspectives on Public Health Accreditation.” Produced by a team from NIHB and the American Indian Public Health Resource Center at North Dakota State University, the video features the voices of elected Tribal leaders and Tribal public health leaders from across Indian Country discussing the significance of voluntary public health accreditation to the future health of Tribal communities.
The video is part of a larger national effort led by NIHB, in partnership with Tribes and other national organizations, to advance public health accreditation in Tribal communities. The video is available on the NIHB Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative web page.
Read the March/April 2016 issue of the PHAB E-Newsletter and join our mailing list to receive the latest PHAB news.
State and local public health departments in the United States work every day to fulfill their crucial mission 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 21 health departments and one integrated local public health department system. The decisions mark a new milestone as the number of governmental public health departments accredited through the nonprofit national organization now surpasses 100.
National accreditation status was awarded March 8, 2016 to:
- Bullitt County Health Department, Shepherdsville, KY
- City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Long Beach, CA
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO
- DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, GA
- Delaware Division of Public Health, Dover, DE
- East Central District Health Department, Columbus, NE
- Florida Integrated Local Public Health Department System, Tallahassee, FL
- Franklin County Public Health, Columbus, OH
- Henry County Health Department, Napoleon, OH
- Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, Waukegan, IL
- Mesa County Health Department, Grand Junction, CO
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City, MO
- Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Portland, OR
- Public Health-Idaho North Central District, Lewiston, ID
- Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster, NY
- Santa Clara County Public Health Department, San Jose, CA
- Stratford Health Department, Stratford, CT
- Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment, Stillwater, MN
- Whatcom County Health Department, Bellingham, WA
- Wicomico County Health Department, Salisbury, MD
- Worcester Division of Public Health/Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance, Worcester, MA
- Yavapai County Community Health Services, Prescott, AZ
Read the full press release here.