Accreditation of public health agencies emphasizes quality improvement in public health practice.
APHA Partners with Local Affiliates to Advance Accreditation
APHA recognizes the importance of public health quality, and the achievement of standards for health departments that ultimately improve leadership and enhance the public’s health. APHA has been at the forefront of public health quality and recognizes the unique and critical role that Affiliates have in informing the accreditation process in state, local and tribal communities.
In 2011, APHA awarded funding to eight Affiliates to enhance the quality of public health in local communities through a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and APHA’s Center for Professional Development, Public Health Systems and Partnership; and Affiliate Affairs. Affiliates awarded funding disseminated resources developed and lessons learned via APHA’s online community and CDC’s partnership network.
For more information regarding the Affiliate Affairs Mini-Grants, please read this summary.
The Public Health Accreditation Board was established in 2006 and incorporated in May of 2007 as a non-profit organization to promote and manage the national accreditation program for public health agencies.
Dr. Kaye Bender is the current President and CEO of PHAB.
Congratulations to the first-ever accredited health agencies:
Comanche County Health Department (Lawton, Okla.) Franklin County Health Department (Frankfort, Ky.) Livingston County Department of Health (Mt. Morris, N.Y.) Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department (Edgewood, Ky.)
Oklahoma City-County Health Department (Oklahoma City) Oklahoma State Department of Health (Oklahoma City) Spokane Regional Health District (Spokane, Wash.)
The Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, Inc. d/b/a Cabarrus Health Alliance (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Three Rivers District Health Department (Owenton, Ky.) Washington State Department of Health (Olympia, Wash.) West Allis Health Department (West Allis, Wisc.)
For additional information, visit the PHAB website.
For more information about:
Karlene Baddy, MEd
Director, Public Health Systems and Partnerships
Center for Professional Development Public Health Systems and Partnerships