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Public Health Accreditation Launched

PHAB has recently completed a series of beta accreditations that were intended to test the accreditation process.
Public Health Accreditation Launched

NIcola and the public health staff in Deschutes County, Oregon for the first PHAB beta test in the country.

November 2, 2011

Public health accreditation has been getting a lot of buzz lately. But what is public health accreditation, exactly? And how does it affect health departments or their community partner organizations?

The goal of the public health accreditation movement is to use a national set of standards to measure the performance of public health departments. This process identifies strengths and locates areas for improvement. According to the National Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), "Accreditation is based on standards that health departments can put into practice to ensure that they are continuously improving services to keep their communities healthy."

PHAB has recently completed a series of beta accreditations that were intended to test the accreditation process. On September 14, 2011, PHAB began officially offering national accreditation for health departments. Watch the September 14th launch video here.

On November 7 and 8, NWCPHP faculty Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, will conduct a training for the Oregon North Central Public Health District to help them prepare for accreditation. This two-day training in The Dalles, Oregon will review the accreditation process and identify quality improvement exercises as steps toward meeting accreditation standards and improving overall quality of health.

Nicola is on the PHAB Board of Directors and has been involved with PHAB since its inception. PHAB was initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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