Accreditation and Performance

Accreditation Leadership Guide

Health Department Accreditation: A Guide and Perspectives from Leaders to Their Peers

April 2017

Accreditation Leadership Guide

Using input and guidance from current and previous state health officials in varying stages of pursuing Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation, ASTHO has developed “Health Department Accreditation: A Guide and Perspectives from Leaders to Their Peers.” This guide provides a brief overview of the goals of national public health accreditation and includes perspectives and approaches to various issues specific to accreditation as it relates to the unique role of an executive leader. The resource explores challenges experienced during the accreditation process, solutions to address those issues, and shares specific experiences and lessons learned by different health departments.

This resource provides guidance on various topics in accreditation including:

  • An overview of the PHAB accreditation process and benefits for state health departments,
  •  The role of public health leaders in setting expectations, communicating the value of accreditation, and creating a vision of a culture of quality to drive accreditation,
  •  Challenges leaders preparing for accreditation have faced, along with resources and solutions other health departments have used to address challenges, and
  •  Post-accreditation activities with strategies leaders can champion to sustain momentum gained during the accreditation process.

This resource was developed with funding and through collaboration between ASTHO and the CDC, and in partnership with Dr. Ronald W Chapman, MD, MPH. The content in this document was informed by input and guidance from key informant interviews with current and previous state health officials, as well as an environmental scan of resources available in the field.

Download "Health Department Accreditation: A Guide and Perspectives from Leaders to Their Peers" (Note: Name and email address are required to access this document.)

For questions related to this leadership guidance document, please contact Joya Coffman at jcoffman@astho.org.