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Accreditation why are we swimming in it and is a life raft on the way

Accreditation: Why are we swimming in it—and, is a life raft on the way??

Matt Richardson, MPH

Lee Lane

April 22, 2010


In the beginning there was snow

In the Beginning, there was Snow…

  • Broad Street pump

  • Report of the Sanitary Commission of Massachusetts: Lemuel Shattuck and “markers” of community health

  • Discussion of LOCAL Public Health and the need for communities to protect it


Early 1900s

Early 1900s…

  • Charles Chapin, a physician, with the first survey!

  • 1914 American Medical Association and the Council of Health and Public Instruction

  • Surveyed activities for local health departments to define roles more clearly


Evolution is always controversial even for public health standards

Evolution is always controversial, even for “public health standards”…

  • Haven Emerson and the Committee on Administrative Practice Report on Local Public Health Units

  • Six core public health activities in 1945:

    • Vital statistics

    • Sanitation

    • Communicable Disease Control

    • Maternal and child health

    • Health Education

    • Laboratory Services


1988 game changer

1988: Game Changer

  • Assessment

  • Policy Development

  • Assurance

  • Barriers to Effective Action listed:

    • Lack of consensus on mission

    • Inadequate capacity

    • Disjointed decision-making without data

    • Inequity

    • Organizational Fragmentation

    • Inadequate knowledge


Turning points to mapp and another report 2003 now

“Turning Points” to MAPP, and another Report? 2003—Now

  • Turning Point effort

  • MAPP framework

  • 10 Essential Services for Public Health

  • NPHPS

  • Future of Public Health in the 21st Century

    • First call for national accreditation!

  • State efforts begin in earnest…


Let s go exploring

Let’s go “Exploring…”

  • Final recommendations on a voluntary system

  • National effort with many partners: NACCHO, ASTHO, NALBOH, CDC, RWJF

  • The true genesis of national PH accreditation


Texas accreditation discussions

Texas Accreditation Discussions

  • 2007 - Texas Association of Local Health Officials (TALHO) agreed to convene an “Accreditation Committee” to examine the feasibility and interest in pursuing local public health accreditation

  • The Texas Association of Local Health Officials accreditation committee determined that there was a need for a neutral party and developed the Public Health Accreditation Council of Texas (PHACT) to carry out their plan.


Public health accreditation council of texas phact

Public Health Accreditation Council of Texas (PHACT)

  • Developed in June of 2007

  • Voting Members include:

    • School of Public Health

    • 6 LHDs (2 small, 2 medium, 2 large)

    • State Association of County/City Health Officials (SACCHO)

    • 2 DSHS (1 Central office, 1 HSR)

    • TPHA

    • THI

    • TMA

  • Ex- Officio Members


Phact mission

PHACT Mission

  • “To assure and enhance the quality of public health in Texas by identifying and promoting the voluntary implementation of public health standards and evaluation of voluntary accreditation of local health departments on their ability to meet these standards.”


Activities of the phact

Activities of the PHACT

  • 2008 – Standards Development Workgroup - Reviewed and commented on the National Public Health Performance Standards Program, NACCHO Operational Definition and ASTHO’s State Public Health Survey

  • Recommended standards best suited for assessing compliance with Domain measurements


Activities of the phact1

Activities of the PHACT

  • 2009 - PHAB made recommended changes to national standards.

    • PHACT agreed to and adopted the PHAB standards for Texas

    • PHAB called for national Beta site applications

    • 1 Texas site awarded (ATCHHS)

  • 2010 – PHAB contracts with TALHO on behalf of PHACT to conduct Think Tank Meetings to review Beta accreditation materials


Role of phact in national accreditation process

Role of PHACT in National Accreditation Process

  • Responsible for assisting LHDs in preparation for accreditation by:

    • Providing technical assistance

    • Recruiting reviewers

    • Advocating for capacity building

    • Using the PHAB standards and processes to review and recommend accreditation (outside reviewers)


Initial steps by phact

Initial Steps by PHACT

  • Review leadership and membership for revised role

  • Research and produce document of minimal LPH capacity levels for a well-functioning public health system

  • Assess current state of LPH system

  • Collect resources to assist LHDs in meeting accreditation standards


Dshs regions what exactly are they in this process

DSHS Regions? What exactly are they in this process?

  • State Health Department accreditation assumed to be similar, yet distinct

  • Not sure of PHACT role for Regions


Questions or comments

Questions or comments?

  • Thanks for listening!


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