213103 Public Health Accreditation

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:40 PM

F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Public health department accreditation is moving quickly throughout the country. The national voluntary model is based on the principles of continuous quality and performance improvement. The standards and measures, formed with these principles in mind, are organized around the Essential Public Health Services framework. It is expected that the first health departments will be accredited in 2011. This work has potential impact on the public health workforce in that it requires a knowledge of public health at the systems level as well as the language and concepts of continuous quality improvement. This session will focus on how the future world of public health accreditation will impact the public health workforce.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the relationship between public health department accreditation and public health workforce competencies. Identify the most common areas in which the public health workforce will need to be knowledgeable in order for their health department to be successfully accredited

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a board member of the Public Helth Accreditation Board. I have been a professor of public health/preventive and community medicine for nearly 40 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.