251684 PUBLIC HEALTH Accreditation: Latest News FROM the PUBLIC HEALTH Accreditation BOARD (PHAB)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:30 PM

Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM , Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, CDC Field Assignee, Affiliate Professor, Seattle, WA
Carol Moehrle , District Director for Public Health, Idaho North Central Disctrict, Lewinston, ID
The national voluntary public health accreditation program administered through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will open its doors to accept applications in the fall of 2011. The purpose of accreditation in public health is to promote a quality improvement culture within governmental public health agencies, with a long-term goal of improving the health outcomes of the population the health departments serve. The accreditation process, standards, measures, documentation requirements, and site visits have been tested in 30 health department sites throughout the country. Version 1.0 of the revised documents and tools will be released in June 2011 so that potential 2011 and 2012 applicants will have the necessary information to apply. Public health administrators are in key positions to lead their agencies through the accreditation application process. This session will provide the latest update in the process, focusing on the latest information available for the program's launch.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1. Identify the key elements of the public health accreditation process in Version 1.0 2. Describe the tools that public health administrators can use to prepare their health departments for accreditation application. 3. Discuss the expected benefits associated with an accredited health department.

Keywords: Accreditation, Quality Improvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Board member of the Public Health Accreditation Board
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
PHAB Boardmember Advisory Committee/Board

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.