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The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has awarded five-year national accreditation status to 17 governmental public health departments. The 14 local and 3 state health departments accredited Nov. 10 represent the largest group of candidates to achieve the prestigious designation since the national accreditation program began in 2011. With these accreditation decisions, 45 percent of the U.S. population, or nearly 139 million people, are now served by health departments that meet PHAB’s rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services to their communities.
National accreditation status was awarded Nov. 10, 2015 to:
- City of Wauwatosa Health Department, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
- Clay County Public Health Center, Liberty, Missouri
- Davis County Health Department, Farmington, Utah
- Erie County Health Department, Sandusky, Ohio
- Huron County Public Health, Norwalk, Ohio
- Jefferson County Department of Health, Birmingham, Alabama
- Knox County Health Department, Knoxville, Tennessee
- Medina County Health Department, Medina, Ohio
- Mid-Michigan District Health Department, Stanton, Michigan
- Naugatuck Valley Health District, Seymour, Connecticut
- New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Ohio Department of Health, Columbus, Ohio
- Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, Rhode Island
- Tarrant County Public Health, Fort Worth, Texas
- Tazewell County Health Department, Tremont, Illinois
- Township of Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services, Bloomfield, New Jersey
A news release announcing the Nov. 10, 2015 accreditations is available here.
An updated version of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Standards and Measures Version 1.5 has been uploaded to the PHAB website effective Thursday, October 1, 2015. Since the release of the PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.5 in January 2014, PHAB has identified and fixed spelling, grammatical, and naming errors within the standards and measures document.
More importantly, PHAB has found content errors in required documentation descriptions and guidance for required documentation that may affect a health department’s understanding and interpretation of the standards and measures. PHAB has detailed these errors in an errata document. Please note that these are minor content errors and do not change the current document version number.
If you have any questions or concerns about the above errata, specific questions about the standards and measures, or additional errors of which PHAB should be made aware, please contact Robin Wilcox, PHAB Chief Program Officer, at email@example.com or via phone at 703-778-4549, ext. 106.
On August 4, 2015, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded five-year accreditation status to four health departments:
Central Valley Health District, Jamestown, North Dakota
Thomas Jefferson Health District, Charlottesville, Virginia
Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago
Washtenaw County Public Health, Ypsilanti, Michigan
PHAB Special Report: Public Health Department Accreditation:
Answering the “So What” Question
PHAB convened a special session at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans in November 2014. Titled “Public Health Department Accreditation: Answering the ‘So What’ Question,” panelists for the first time shared early findings from PHAB’s internal and external evaluations, discussed some of the initiatives and incentives that have helped health departments prepare for the accreditation journey, and offered a range of qualitative findings that serve as early signals of how accreditation is acting as a lever to drive public health transformation.
Session speakers included (click speakers’ names to download slides):
- Kaye Bender, PHAB President and CEO
- Liza Corso, MPA, Senior Advisor for Public Health Practice and Accreditation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Public Health Performance Improvement, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support.
- Pamela Russo, MD, MPH, Senior Program Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Jessica Kronstadt, MPP, PHAB Director of Research and Evaluation.
- Leslie M. Beitsch, MD, JD, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine
To raise awareness of the Action Plan’s importance and to foster a greater understanding of the Action Plan’s numerous benefits to the health department, PHAB has created a new video titled “Life After an Action Plan.” In the video, Rex Archer, MD, Director of Health at the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, and Bruce Dart, PhD, Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department, share their personal experiences after each of their health departments received Action Plans in February 2013. Dr. Archer, a member of PHAB’s Board of Directors as well as a member of PHAB’s Accreditation Committee, and Dr. Dart, a member of PHAB’s Accreditation Committee, reveal how their health departments utilized and leveraged their respective Action Plans to become stronger and better organizations.