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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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COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Health Inequity

by Gulzar H. Shah, PhD, MStat, MS, and Jessica Kronstadt, MPP COVID-19 does not discriminate; or does it? Many say, “COVID-19 is an equal opportunity offender,” implying that the virus treats rich and poor, urban and rural, and homeowners, renters, and unhoused individuals equally. Thinking superficially, the argument may seem convincing. However, true inequities and disparities arise from social structures

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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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COVID-19 Battles Are Local

by Robin Wilcox, MPA The war against COVID-19 is international and national. But the battlefields are local. Accredited state, county, and city health departments are on the front lines of working to keep residents healthy. On March 16, PHAB-accredited Santa Clara County Public Health Department in California issued an historic seven-county legal order that required residents to “shelter-in-place,” the first

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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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Health Department Accreditation, Not Just a One-Time Recognition

by Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Robin Wilcox, MPA At the Public Health Accreditation Board, it’s the season for reaccreditation. In March, four health departments became the first in the nation to successfully achieve national reaccreditation, thereby extending their accreditation status for another five years. And there are many more in the process of seeking reaccreditation. To these health

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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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PHAB Launches New Accreditation Program for Vital Records/Health Statistics

by Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN 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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PHNCI Offering Design Thinking Training to Advance Public Health Innovation

by Nicole M. Pettenati, MSLS 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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