Accreditation and Performance


State and Territory Public Health Systems Improvement Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Project

With support from the CDC’s Center of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, ASTHO’s Public Health Systems Improvement Capacity Building and Technical Assistance project supports health departments to build health agency capacity around performance management, quality improvement, systems improvement, and meet national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards.

Through this opportunity, ASTHO supports health departments by:

  • Providing one-on-one technical assistance and training from national subject matter experts'
  • Connecting health departments to a national peer-network of colleagues working in health departments with similar goals,
  • Facilitating virtual and in-person evidence-based cohort learning, and
  • Providing opportunities to learn and apply model practices that strengthen infrastructure.

2019 Participating Health Departments

Through this project, ASTHO is providing technical assistance to 9 state and 3 territorial health departments through a cohort format to help carry out various public health systems improvement activities. Check back in summer 2019 for detailed resources on each participating state and territory. The cohorts and their participants are:

Cohort 1: Foundational Documents for PHAB Accreditation

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI): Revise and Update Community Health Assessment Plan, Align with PHAB Guidance
  • Guam: Assess and Update Agency-Wide Quality Improvement Plan, Align with PHAB Guidance

Cohort 2: PHAB Accreditation Sustainability & Reaccreditation

  • Arizona: Develop Reaccreditation Visual Tracking Tool and Reaccreditation Narrative Guidance for Staff
  • Connecticut: Create Sustainability and Reaccreditation Plan Focused on Assessment, Staff Engagement, Improvement Implementation, and Documentation Preparation
  • New Jersey: Develop Reaccreditation Plan and Agency Communication Strategy
  • Ohio: Develop plan to guide the department through the reaccreditation process and requirements
  • Wisconsin: Develop Division-Wide Accreditation Sustainability Plan with Performance Management and Continuous Quality Improvement Growth Strategy

Cohort 3: Performance Management Systems & Metrics

  • Alaska: Create Action Plan To Update Current Performance Dashboard and Develop Meaningful Performance Metrics
  • Kansas: Revise Current Performance Measures and Develop Agency-Level Tracking and Reporting Mechanism
  • Maine: Integrate Performance Measures with Agency Strategic Plan and Use Performance Management systems to Identify Quality Improvement Opportunities
  • Montana: Assess and Improve Function and Utilization of Current Agency Performance Management, Health Stat
  • Puerto Rico: Integrate Agency Strategic Plan and Annual Workplans With Performance Management System its performance management system.

State and Territory Public Health Systems Improvement CBTA Map

Want to learn more? Contact Heidi Westermann.