The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) have partnered in a national effort to improve public health practice in Indian Country. PHAB is developing a national voluntary public health accreditation program for state, territorial, tribal, and local health departments.
Public health accreditation is a process that will measure the degree to which a public health department meets nationally recognized standards. The national voluntary public health accreditation program will launch in 2011.
PHAB is working with NIHB to ensure that accreditation standards address the specific needs and challenges of the Tribal public health programs. As the national public healthaccrediting body, PHAB recognizes the unique and critical role that Tribal governments have in developing the accreditation program. As PHAB tests the accreditation standards, measures and procedures through the upcoming beta test; the Tribal health programs will have an opportunity to provide important feedback on the accreditation program prior to its national launch in 2011.
The goal of the accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the Tribes by advancing the quality of public health services. Through its work with NIHB, PHAB understands that enhancing public health in Indian Country means addressing a complex set of services that are often provided by a diverse group of partners and stakeholders. Tribal leaders and health officials are giving valuable input into the creation of the accreditation standards and the process of becoming accredited, and therefore are taking an active role in ensuring that Native communities are safe, healthy places to live.
To download a copy of Exploring Tribal Public Health Accreditation, please click here.
The expectation is that accreditation will strengthen all public health departments and the services they provide, which will contribute to improved community health. Accreditation can benefit Native communities in various ways, including:
Please follow the link and instructions below to view NIHB and PHAB’s Webinar series of Tribal Public Health Accreditation.
This is a three part series to assist Tribal Public heatlh Departments in understanding and preparing for PHAB Accreditation.Webinars include:
*Remember these webinars can be used for Continuing Education Credits or Continuing Medical Education Credits. The instructions to receive credit are listed below.Here is the link and some instructions in case folks have questions about accessing the modules and receiving credit.
Exploring Tribal Public Health Accreditation
A position paper exploring NIHB’s initial analysis of public health accreditation in Indian Country. This paper explains accreditation, its role in Tribal public health and recommendations made to PHAB from Tribal health directors and tribal public health stakeholders.
Traditional and Evidence Based Practices in Accreditation
A position paper looking in traditional and evidence based practices in Tribal public health accreditation.
Introduction to State Public Health for Tribal Leaders
A primer from ASTHO that describes the state/local health department governance classification system, important statutory considerations, and how tribes can successfully work with state health departments.
Knowing Tribal Health
A primer from ASTHO that describes treaties and laws that relate to public health, health challenges faced by American Indian/Alaska Native populations, and how to work successfully with tribes and tribal organizations.
Public Health Improvement Toolkit
A growing online collection of tools, including trainings, sample products, and templates developed by public health practitioners.
Featured Tool: Exploring Tribal Public Health Accreditation (PPT)
This presentation includes an introduction to the development of tribal public health departments and summarizes the progress on tribal public health accreditation.
*To access all previous webinars, please visit http://www.nnphi.org/e-catalog and search under programs for National Public Health Performance Standards Program.
Efforts are already underway to help tribal health providers prepare for accreditation. Tribal health officials, health department staff, local partners, non-profits and other stakeholders who are interested in an accountable and effective public health system are encouraged to learn more.
For more information about how PHAB and NIHB are working to help the Tribes prepare for accreditation and how you can get involved, please contact Paul Allis, NIHB Public Health Project Manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 202-507-4085 or contact PHAB at www.phaboard.org or call 703-778-4549
For more information about the Public Health Accreditation Board and the accreditation standards and measures, please click here.
For more information about NIHB’s Exploring Tribal Public Health Accreditation Project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, please click here.
Visit the PHAB website for more information: