Domain 1 - Assess

Standard 1.2

Collect and maintain reliable, comparable, and valid data that provide information on conditions of public health importance and on the health status of the population

Reliable data are key building blocks of public health. Health departments must gather timely and accurate data to identify health needs, understand factors that contribute to higher health risks or poorer health outcomes among populations, develop and evaluate programs and services, and determine resources. Health departments require reliable and valid data that can be compared between populations and across time. To best use the information available, health departments require a functional system for collecting data within their jurisdiction and for managing, analyzing, and using the data. Additionally, it is important that health departments share data with other organizations and access others’ data. The following resources help state health agencies prepare accreditation documentation for this standard.


This Standard does not yet have any examples submitted. If your state health agency has identified high-quality documentation that conforms to these Measures, please consider submitting for inclusion in the Accreditation Library.

To submit example documentation, please download and complete the Submission Form, and forward, along with the documentation to accreditation@astho.org. ASTHO staff will review submissions on a rolling basis and contact you if your document is selected for posting.

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