Category Archives: Focus on Accreditation and Innovation

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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Staffing Up: Determining Public Health Workforce Levels Needed to Serve the Nation

by Naomi Rich Using Data to Inform Adequate Public Health Staffing Needs Since 2008, there has been a significant decrease in funding for governmental public health, which already operates with minimally sufficient levels of staff. Continued funding reductions have severely impacted staffing capacity and hindered the ability of our nation’s health departments to address community needs and protect and promote

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PHAB’s Data Portal: A Platform for Exploring Health Department Performance Data

by Jessica Kronstadt, MPP The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Data Portal allows users to explore a unique set of data on health department capacity to deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Data are available for health departments that apply for accreditation and are based on peer assessments of conformity with the PHAB Standards & Measures. The portal makes

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Register today! PHAB Webinar – Thursday, January 30th,  2 pm – 3 pm ET

The Benefits to Counties: Public Health Department Accreditation PHAB Webinar – Thursday, January 30th,  2 pm – 3 pm ET Strong public health departments engaged in effective community partnerships make all communities healthier places to live, work, learn, and play. On this webinar, leaders from PHAB and the National Association of Counties (NACo) will join in a discussion of the

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Help Shape the Future of Public Health: Revisiting the 10 Essential Public Health Services

by Jessica Solomon Fisher, MCP “Now is your chance to inform the field, and practice, of public health for years to come. Please take the time to share your thoughts and reimagine what a framework might look like that would take us into the next 25 years and beyond.” Jessica Solomon Fisher, PHNCI Chief Innovations Officer The graphic below likely

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Unleash the Power of Innovation by Incorporating 11 Ingredients Into Your Culture

by Grace G. Gorenflo, MPH, RN Focus on Accreditation and Innovation addresses current issues related to the Public Health Accreditation Board’s national public health department accreditation program, and the Public Health National Center for Innovations. This series highlights the experiences and perspectives of accredited health departments and explores topics related to the Standards and Measures, research and evaluation findings, and the

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