253824 Is Your Health Department PHABulous? Say It with Accreditation!

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Robin Wilcox , Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, VA
Kaye Bender, RN, PHD, FAAN , Executive Director, Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, VA
For the past four years, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has been working to develop a national voluntary public health accreditation program for state, local, tribal and territorial health departments. Draft standards, measures, and an accreditation process were tested in a year-long beta test in 30 health departments across the country. Information from that field testing, along with other means of feedback, has been used to revise the program elements for the fall 2011 opening of the first national accreditation program for health departments.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe the elements of the national public health accreditation program. Describe the accreditation application process. Discuss tips for being a successful accreditation applicant. Explain the connection between accreditation and quality improvement.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Chief Program Officer at PHAB and led the program beta test and the development of the final public health department accreditation standards and the accreditation process.
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.