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Accreditation Readiness and Performance Improvement Technical Assistance to States

ASTHO’s performance and quality activities strengthen the public health infrastructure and improve the performance of state health departments by encouraging participation in Public Health Accreditation Board’s (PHAB) national accreditation program, facilitating performance management and quality improvement (QI), and increasing systems assessments and strengthening states’ abilities to deliver essential public health services.

With the support of the CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, the Accreditation Readiness and Performance Improvement Technical Assistance to States project is a flexible, direct, non-monetary technical assistance opportunity offered to state health departments to help them address self‐identified accreditation preparation needs. At the end of the project, participating states can demonstrate a measurable increase in their health agency’s readiness to achieve PHAB accreditation or reaccreditation. Between 2010 and 2017, ASTHO provided technical assistance to 43 states. As of November, 2017 30 state health departments and the District of Columbia are accredited.

2017 – 2018 Participating States

Through this project, ASTHO is providing technical assistance to 10 state health departments to help them carry out a variety of accreditation activities.  

Final Deliverables

Iowa
The Iowa Department of Health conducted an on-site mock site visit with ASTHO consultant, Susan Ramsey. Iowa developed the following resources to help their staff better prepare for the PHAB site visit: 

  • Lessons Learned – Iowa’s Mock Site Visit (coming soon)
  • Staff Training – Preparing to for PHAB’s Site Visit (coming soon)

Indiana
ASTHO reviewed documentation for Indiana and provided feedback on alignment with PHAB standards and measures guidance and requirements. Indiana is using this information to update their final documentation before submitting to PHAB. The following documents were found to largely or fully meet PHAB’s requirements and can be found in ASTHO’s Accreditation Library.

New Mexico
The New Mexico Department of Health is working towards a culture of continuous quality improvement (QI). With ASTHO’s TA in collaboration with PHF, the department has provided select staff with a series of trainings to support their ongoing PM/QI efforts and have developed the following:

New York
The New York State Department of Health is spearheading efforts toward reaccreditation. Through ASTHO’s TA with support from ASTHO consultant, Susan Ramsey the department has developed the following: 

North Dakota
The North Dakota Department of Health, (accredited in 2017), utilized ASTHO’s TA to redefine the agency’s performance management model and identify a process to develop programmatic performance measures. This technical assistance was provided in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation (PHF). North Dakota developed the following resources to support their performance management:

Ohio
The Ohio Department of Health (accredited in 2015) sought to maintain progress achieved through the initial accreditation process through performance management. Through this TA with ASTHO and PHF, Ohio accomplished the following:

Pennsylvania
ASTHO reviewed over 100 documents for Pennsylvania and provided feedback on alignment with PHAB standards and measures guidance and requirements. Pennsylvania is using this information to update their final documentation before submitting to PHAB. The following were found to largely or fully meet PHAB’s requirements and will be added to ASTHO’s Accreditation Library in the coming months.

South Carolina
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is making strides towards establishing a performance management (PM) system and developing procedures and processes to guide quality improvement (QI) efforts across the agency. Through ASTHO’s TA with support from PHF, the department has developed the following:  

West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health leadership has worked with ASTHO and the Public Health Foundation to prepare for accreditation. The following were accomplished through this TA:

Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Health lead a collaborative process to develop a state health assessment. Through ASTHO’s TA, Wyoming is developing their state health assessment. ASTHO will post the final in the Accreditation Library once it is complete.

Technical Assistance Provided by ASTHO

Map of Technical Assistance Provided by ASTHO

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