Continuing Education Accreditation Committee

The American Public Health Association’s Continuing Education Accreditation Committee provides leadership in the creation, development; implementation of continuing education processes to ensure APHA remains in full compliance and meets the standards and criteria set by accreditation bodies. APHA is currently accredited as a provider of medical, nursing, health education, and public health credits; and as an approver of continuing nursing contact hours.


The mission of the Committee is to assure that APHA remains in compliance with all Accreditation council for Continuing Medical Education, American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., and the National Board of Public Health Examiners requirements and standards. The Committee does so by: reviewing new criteria as it becomes available; by reviewing current processes and documents that govern APHA’s jointly sponsored, co-provided and directly sponsored educational activities for modification to keep APHA in compliance with said criteria and standards; and by training and orienting other volunteers to the requirements to increase the pool of qualified reviewers and planners in all four disciplines.


  1. Review and integrate the CE standards and criteria of your respective discipline into APHA’s CE program.
  2. Act as the Lead CE planner and/or reviewer for APHA’s jointly sponsored education activities.
  3. Act as one of the Lead CE reviewers for APHA’s directly sponsored Annual Meeting Learning Institute and scientific session activities.
  4. Assist in the training and orientation of new CE volunteer reviewers and planners.
  5. Participate in at least  two Committee conference calls — (March/April and September/November) — and other calls on accreditation issues/problems as necessary.


Committee members are appointed for a two-year term. Re-appointment can occur indefinitely.

Members of the Continuing Education Accreditation Committee


Diane V. Downing, RN, PhD
25 Stony Ford Drive
Ponte Verde, FL  32081

  Colleen Hughes, RN, PhD
Executive Director
Mountain Health Connections
Cookeville, Tennessee 

Health Education
Keiko Sakagami, EdD, RDH, MCHES
Public Health Educator
NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
Brooklyn, NY  11221
  Vacant CHES Position
Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd
Director, Center for Public Health Practice
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Professor, Health Policy and Management
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
 Pittsburgh, PA  15261
  Timothy P. Hickman, MD, MEd, MPH, FAAP
Associate Teaching Professor
Dept. of Biomedical & Health Informatics
UMKC School of Medicine
Kansas City, MO  64108
Public Health
Nizar K. Webb, MD, MPH, CPH
Assistant Professor, HRSA
Acting Deputy Director, Center for Health Policy
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center<
Omaha, NE  68198-4350

Amy F. Lee, MD, MPH, MBA, CPH
Professor, Family & Community Medicine
NE Ohio Medical University
Tallmadge, OH  44278

Staff Charlene Bright
Manager, Continuing Education Services
Learning and Professional Development Programs Unit
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3710

APHA Policy on Executive Session (PDF)