Accreditation and Performance

Emerging Topics in Public Health Accreditation: Aligning Accreditation and Opioid Response Activities

October 30, 2018|10:34 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) serves as a framework to help health agencies respond to emerging public health issues by systematically examining their infrastructure, policies, and processes. With the opioid epidemic continuing to impact communities across the United States, preparation, coordination, and efficiency are crucial to a health agency’s ability to prepare for and respond to this public health crisis. Read More »

California Shares Insights on Preparing for Reaccreditation

July 17, 2018|2:34 p.m.| Performance Improvement, Research, and Evaluation

National public health accreditation enables health departments to provide high-quality public health services to the community. According to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), accredited health departments play an important role in promoting population health with services that reach over 214 million individuals all across the nation. The accreditation process helps health departments identify strengths and weaknesses and undertake performance management and quality improvement (QI) initiatives. It also provides a framework for health departments to improve external relationships with their governing entities and other stakeholders and their communities. Read More »

Tips for Using Public Health Accreditation to Orient New Health Department Leaders

July 12, 2018|12:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

As of September 2016, the length of time state health officials remained in their positions ranged from two months to nearly 15 years, with an average tenure of 2.7 years. Leadership transitions can be attributed to many factors, but the visibility and political demands associated with the job top the list. Incoming health officials must be familiar with the health department’s internal operations, priorities, partners, stakeholders, and issues impacting the agency early on in their appointments. Read More »

Achieving More with Less: Three Strategies for States to Obtain Public Health Accreditation

April 30, 2018|11:31 a.m.| Performance Improvement, Research, and Evaluation

As of April 2018, over 214 million Americans are benefiting from being served by a Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accredited public health agency, including 30 states and the District of Columbia. Accreditation has been identified as the gold standard in public health practice as it provides a data-driven framework for agencies to streamline processes, improve performance, and implement evidence-based strategies to advance the health of the populations they serve. Although the activities required to become accredited by PHAB were developed to ensure agencies are providing the 10 Essential Public Health Services, limited financial resources exist to support agencies on this meaningful endeavor. Resources are necessary for health agencies to complete the work to meet PHAB’s standards, prepare for accreditation, including documentation preparation, and to pay for the associated fees. Initially, many states used CDC’s National Public Health Improvement Initiative for this funding; however, since the program’s termination in 2014, agencies are required to use innovative strategies to accomplish the work. Read More »

ASTHO Helps Public Health Agencies Maximize Their Programs with Key Practices and Data

April 04, 2017|10:06 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Developing, carrying out, and improving public health programs for maximum impact requires appropriate evaluation methods, measures, and data. ASTHO’s Performance Improvement, Research, and Evaluation (PIRE) team provides these activities to support state and territorial health departments as they carry out and improve high quality public health programs. Read More »