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Northwest PHAB Participants

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has begun a national venture to develop and test benchmark standards for state, local, and territorial health departments. With funding from the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB will offer voluntary accreditation to public health departments beginning in the Spring of 2011.

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has begun a national venture to develop and test benchmark standards for state, local, and territorial health departments. With funding from the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB will offer voluntary accreditation to public health departments beginning in the Spring of 2011.

In the meantime, PHAB must determine what the standards are, and how health departments go about getting accredited. That's why the 2010 beta tests are so important, and also why the Northwest is so actively engaged in the process.

Three health departments in the NWCPHP region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) are PHAB beta sites: Deschutes County Health Services, Oregon; Washington State Department of Health; and Wyoming Department of Health.

In addition to beta sites, the Northwest has a large number of participating reviewers. These public health professionals have been assigned one of the PHAB beta test sites (there are 30 throughout the country) to review the department's submissions, paperwork, and conduct an on-location site visit. All of the results will be compiled into a comprehensive report outlining the health department's ability to meet the PHAB guidelines.

Practitioners from the Northwest involved as PHAB site visitors include:

David Swink, Director of Environmental Public Health, Spokane Regional Health District, WA
Jack Thompson, Senior Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health, WA
Jane Smilie, Administrator, Public Health and Safety Division, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, MT
Jennifer Tebaldi, Environmental Health Chief Administrator, Washington State Department of Health, WA
Joe Finkbonner, Executive Director, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, OR
Kathleen Uhlorn, Regional Health Administrator, Seattle-King County Public Health, WA
Michele Sare, Public Health Nurse Contractor, Mineral County Health Department and Granite County Hospital District, MT
Anthony Chen, Director, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, WA
Jeanne Bock, District Director, Panhandle Public Health District, ID
Julie Serstad, Health Services Director, Missoula City-County Health Department, MT
Martha Holliday, Services Division Director, Confederated Tribes of the Colville, WA
Torney Smith, Administrator, Spokane Regional Health District, WA
Carl Osaki, Environmental Public Health Consultant, WA
Rita Schmidt, Senior Planner, Washington State Department of Health, WA
Susan Ramsey, Director, Office of Performance and Accountability, Washington State Department of Health, WA
Margaret Taylor, Project Manager for Standards and Accreditation, Public Health Seattle and King County, WA
Bob Lutz, Assistant Professor, Gonzaga University School of Professional Studies, WA
Lila Wickham, Environmental Health Director, Multnomah County Health Department, OR
Hillary Harris, Director of Population Health Services, RiverStone Health, MT

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