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Public Health Accreditation . [Insert your name and title] [Insert LHD]. Objectives. Understand the definition of accreditation and its importance in public health Define and understand the purpose of the Public Health Accreditation Board

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public health accreditation

Public Health Accreditation

[Insert your name and title]

[Insert LHD]



  • Understand the definition of accreditation and its importance in public health
  • Define and understand the purpose of the Public Health Accreditation Board
  • Discuss the return on investment for accreditation
  • Next steps for [INSERT LHD NAME]
overview of accreditation
Overview of Accreditation

Accreditation provides public notification that an institution, agency, or program meets standards of quality set forth by an accrediting agency



The Joint Commission



public health accreditation board phab
Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)

Improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of all health departments in the country.


Return on Investment

  • Leverage for funding
  • Streamlining federal grant application process
  • Accountability and credibility
  • Awareness of agency strengths and weaknesses
  • Visibility

Davis MV, Cannon MM, Stone DO, Wood BW, Reed J, Baker EL. (2011). Informing the national public health accreditation movement: lessons from North Carolina’s accredited local health departments. Am J Public Health. Retrieved from:


Accreditation & Quality Improvement: Increasing efficiency and effectiveness

  • 30% increase in community engagement
  • 40% reduction in time it takes to complete a septic and well inspection
  • 13% reduction in client wait time in Family Planning clinic
  • 45% decrease in no-show rates in HIV clinic
  • 49% increase in # of department policies and procedures reviewed and updated in last 3 years
  • 100% of rabies reports completed within 3 days
building the evidence base
Building the Evidence Base

Accreditation and Public Health Preparedness in North Carolina

  • The preparedness and response capabilities of communities served by accredited Local Health Departments (LHDs) exceed those of non-accredited LHDs.
  • Accreditation improves the infrastructure of the health department, which has a positive impact on emergency preparedness activities.

Accreditation and Public Health Preparedness in North Carolina, by John Wayne PhD, MBA, November 6, 2009 - APHA Annual Meeting

accreditation in insert lhd
Accreditation in [INSERT LHD]
  • [LIST specific examples of how your LHD has started preparing for accreditation and some next steps]
local governing entity s roles in accreditation
Local Governing Entity’s Roles in Accreditation
  • Sign a letter of support
  • Place public health programs and services high on your priority list
  • Support your LHD in its efforts to become or remain accredited
  • Participate in your LHD’s on-site review visit
  • Read the on-site review report describing the results of the accreditation process
  • Celebrate the success of your LHD’s accomplishment when it receives accreditation
lets get on board
Lets Get on Board!!

PHAB aims to have 60% of the U.S. population served by an accredited agency by the year 2015.

additional resources
Additional Resources
  • Your Local Health Officer
      • [Insert Health Officer Contact Information]
  • National Association for Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
  • Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
    • National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
thank you

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