Category Archives: Focus on Accreditation and Innovation

Beyond the 80,000 Estimate: Calculate How Many FTEs your Health Department Needs

The Public Health Workforce Calculator is a tool to help local health departments with workforce planning efforts by utilizing information provided about the local health department to estimate the number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) needed to ensure the provision of the Foundational Public Health Services. 

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New Data Insights: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Climate Change, Preparedness, and More

The PHAB Research and Evaluation team shares examples of accreditation insights found via the Data Portal and other PHAB data sources related to ACEs, climate change, and preparedness. Almost two years ago, the Public Health Accreditation Board introduced our new Data Portal, a data visualization tool to explore accredited health department performance data. Users can explore data related to Standards

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Reimagining and Transforming Governmental Public Health Infrastructure and Systems

The 21st Century Learning Community (21C) is a group of states systematically working to transform their governmental public health systems, and PHNCI convenes these states to provide support and a space for them to share, generate efficiencies, and learn from one another’s successes and failures. Health departments provide public health protections and services in a number of areas, including preventing

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Participate in Public Vetting of the Next Version of Accreditation Standards & Measures

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) welcomes public health practitioners and researchers to provide feedback about the draft of Version 2022 of the accreditation Standards & Measures. We need to hear from you to ensure that the new requirements accurately reflect the changing landscape of public health practice. Details about how to participate in the public vetting can be found

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PHAB Performance Pathways: A New Way Forward for Health Department Recognition

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)’s vision is a high-performing governmental public health system that supports all people living their healthiest lives. To help foster performance improvement among all health departments PHAB is developing and launching a new recognition program – the PHAB Performance Pathways Recognition Program (Pathways). Context for Pathways By the end of calendar year 2019, only about

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Updates on the Development of PHAB Standards & Measures Version 2022

by Britt Lang, MPH The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is working closely with the field of public health to develop a new version of its accreditation standards and measures. The updated Standards & Measures Version 2022 will use the 10 Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) as its framework and will highlight which measures correspond to the cross-cutting skills and

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Advocacy and Accreditation: PHAB’s Focus on Advancing Public Health Infrastructure

by Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN Strong public health departments are essential for healthy and safe communities. This simple truth—evident to all of us in the “public health choir” before the COVID-19 pandemic tore through our communities—should be evident to all community members and policymakers now. Unfortunately, I think it is not. To change what otherwise may default to a

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How Performance Improvement Can Support COVID Response 

by David Stone, MS, CPLP Think you’ve heard enough about COVID? I know you’re probably exhausted from it, but public health is still both battling it and learning from it. We’ll continue to learn well beyond when the pandemic has ended. And a key method for that learning is through the sharing of peer experiences.   On February 10, PHAB hosted a webinar titled “Advancing Public Health Performance in Times of COVID-19: Insights

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