Online Program

Landscape of Wisconsin's Voluntary Public Health Accreditation: Impact of Accreditation on Local Health Departments

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Christa Cupp, MPH Candidate, Medical College of Wisconsin, Sparta, WI
Kusuma Madamala, PhD, MPH, Public Health Systems Consultant, Vernon Hills, IL
Wisconsin was among the first states to have PHAB accredited health departments and currently has among the most accredited health departments located in one state. Semi- structured interviews were conducted with representatives (i.e. health department directors and/or accreditation coordinators) from Wisconsin's six accredited health departments. Facilitators, barriers and the impact of accreditation were explored. Maintaining accreditation status was also examined. Preliminary findings indicate strong leadership engagement as a facilitator to accreditation. Competing priorities and sufficient time allocation were noted as barriers to the accreditation process. Respondents indicated the impact of accreditation has been an increased visibility and credibility for their organizations. For example, health departments have seen an increase in earned media attention as well as an increase in community partner involvement. Improved documentation of health department activities such as Performance Management and Quality Improvement and were also mentioned as impacts of accreditation.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify facilitators, barriers and impact of accreditation on local health departments in Wisconsin.

Keyword(s): Accreditation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted interviews with all six accredited health departments in Wisconsin and identified facilitators, barriers and the impact of accreditation on local health departments. Additionally, I have been a full-time employee of a local health department for nearly three years. I have a strong interest in the impact of accreditation on health departments.
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.