Accreditation and Performance

Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101: A Resource and Guide for Territorial Health Agencies

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Territorial health agencies (THAs) are involved in a variety of public health activities and face challenging conditions and priorities while responding quickly to the changing health needs of their communities. Efforts to strengthen an agency’s public health performance can enhance local capacity and skills, and build capacity to efficiently and effectively improve health outcomes in areas with limited resources.

ASTHO has developed “Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101: A Resource and Guide for Territorial Health Agencies. This guide is designed to provide THAs with a simple framework for improving their territorial public health systems’ overall performance, as well as the health of the communities they serve. Whether a THA intends to pursue public health accreditation now or later, this resource guides health departments in planning and implementing activities that form the foundation for successful and effective public health practice.

The guide is divided into seven sections and provides many practical tips to maintain and sustain these activities over time. Although this resource was primarily developed for territorial settings, state, tribal, and local health departments may also find it helpful.

Download Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101: A Resource and Guide for Territorial Health Agencies. ----Please link this to the form that participants will need to complete prior to downloading the resource.

This resource was developed with funding and collaboration between CDC, ASTHO and Red Star International. The information to inform the development of this guide was gathered through an environmental scan of currently available resources and key informant interviews with territorial health agency staff.

For questions related to this document, please contact Joya Coffman at jcoffman@astho.org.