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Overview of Accreditation

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According to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), public health accreditation is:
“• The measurement of health department performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidenced-based standards.
• The issuance of recognition of achievement of accreditation within a specified time frame by a nationally recognized entity.
• The continual development, revision, and distribution of public health standards.”
    - http://www.phaboard.org/accreditation-overview/what-is-accreditation

Accreditation stimulates quality and performance improvement efforts at health departments, and helps to promote the highest standards in providing the 3 core functions of public health, and the 10 Essential Public Health Services.

Benefits of Public Health Accreditation:

Public health accreditation, according to PHAB, promotes quality improvement, partnerships, accountability, and helps health department’s define their strengths and weaknesses. Learn more about the benefits from PHAB HERE

For Tribes, public health accreditation is an exercise in Tribal sovereignty and promotes a high standard of public health practice across Native nations. Health disparities are reduced as Tribal health departments meet the same standards as other health departments across the nation. Accreditation empowers Tribes in their right to protect and promote the health of their citizens. Tribal health departments report that public health accreditation also increases a health department’s credibility, visibility, and accountability, and bolsters staff pride.

To learn more about Public Health Accreditation and the benefits to Tribes, view NIHB’s video Tribal Leader’s Perspectives on Public Health Accreditation, available with a discussion guide on NIHB’s accreditation tools page.

Cost of Public Health Accreditation:

There are fees for public health accreditation which are dependent on the size of the population served. All fees can be found here: http://www.phaboard.org/accreditation-overview/what-does-it-cost

Other costs are related to staff resources. While public health accreditation ultimately is a department-wide effort, public health accreditation requires a significant investment of staff time especially for the Accreditation Coordinator.

Steps to Public Health Accreditation:

For more information and tools to help you complete these steps, click HERE











 

NIHB Contact:

Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, JD
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-507-4089
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]

 

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