Public Health Accreditation Matters
What is Public Health Department Accreditation?
Public health department accreditation is a new process set forth by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and is defined as the development of a set of standards, a process to measure health department performance against those standards, and reward or recognition for those health departments who meet the standards (PHAB). For more information, check out What is Accreditation? on PHAB's website.
Benefits and Impact of Accreditation
The goal of the national accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments. State, tribal, local and territorial health departments are eligible to apply (CDC).
Stregnthening Delivery of Public Health Services and Programs
Engaging in accreditation catalyzes quality and performance improvement within all public health programs and can help health departments be better prepared to proactively respond to emerging and reemerging health challenges (CDC).
PHAB officially began accepting accreditation applications in September 2011. As of July 1, 2012, no health departments have been accredited. Many applications have been turned in and are in the evaluation process. We can expect to see the first accredited health departments coming through in the next several months. Many local, state and tribal health departments throughout the United States are currently at various stages of the accreditation process ranging from just beginning to show interest, to just finishing up the application. The Rede Group works with health departments at every step along the way. If you would like to talk about how we might be able to assist you, please call us at 503-764-9696. We look forward to hearing from you.
How can the Rede Group help you?
The Rede Group is well versed in the Public Health Accreditation process. We have worked with both state and local health departments on a variety of different areas of accreditation. We have have led agencies through processes for community health assessments, community health improvement plans, strategic plans, workforce development initiatives and more. The Rede Group always strives to work within the confines of your budget to create a plan that works best for you and your agency. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss ways the Rede Group can help make the accreditation process easier for your agency.