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"NIHB and PHAB share a commitment to building strong, thriving Tribal communities. Accreditation is an opportunity to strengthen public health in Indian Country, address the unique needs of the Tribes, and create healthier environments for Our People."
- H. Sally Smith
PHAB Board Member and NIHB Board Member

Since 2008, 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. In 2011, the national voluntary public health accreditation process was opened to all State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Health departments.

Accreditation using the PHAB standards and measures can help Tribal health departments achieve performance excellence. The standards and measure are the framework for evaluating a health department’s processes and services, their outcomes, and progress toward specific goals and objectives.

The Tribal specific standards and measures were developed after a thorough process of study, vetting and testing. NIHB and the Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board helped to develop these standards and measures. These can be used to advance the practice of public health, should reinforce the role of public health in tribal communities, demonstrate accountability and should apply to all sizes of health departments and all forms of governments including Tribal governments.

NIHB Contacts:

Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
50 F St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-507-4070



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National Indian Health Board
50 F St NW, Suite 600 | Washington, DC 20001 | Phone: 202-507-4070 | Email: [email protected]