Strengthening the Nations Public Health System through a National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Health Departments

Strengthening the Nations Public Health System through a National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Health Departments – The purpose of this project is to support the operations and continuous improvement of a national accreditation program for state, tribal, local and territorial public health departments. Since 2004, there has been national work in exploring, establishing and launching a national accreditation program. Through a consensus process with national leaders from the major national public health organizations – including those representing the organizations to be accredited – the principles for a national accreditation program were determined and set the foundation for the establishment and incorporation of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Since PHAB’s incorporation in 2007, thousands of national, state, and local public health leaders have been involved in the development of all aspects of the national accreditation program, such as standards, measures and the assessment process. The national accreditation program was launched by PHAB in September 2011. PHAB serves as the accrediting body and also oversees continuous improvement of the elements of the program. Support for the national accreditation program is critical in this early juncture of its existence and will also be vital for determining the opportunities for improvement and impact of the national accreditation activities. Closing Date: May 30, 2013.

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