Accreditation and Performance

Achieving More with Less: Three Strategies for States to Obtain Public Health Accreditation

April 30, 2018|11:31 a.m.| Performance Improvement, Research, and Evaluation

As of April 2018, over 214 million Americans are benefiting from being served by a Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accredited public health agency, including 30 states and the District of Columbia. Accreditation has been identified as the gold standard in public health practice as it provides a data-driven framework for agencies to streamline processes, improve performance, and implement evidence-based strategies to advance the health of the populations they serve. Although the activities required to become accredited by PHAB were developed to ensure agencies are providing the 10 Essential Public Health Services, limited financial resources exist to support agencies on this meaningful endeavor. Resources are necessary for health agencies to complete the work to meet PHAB’s standards, prepare for accreditation, including documentation preparation, and to pay for the associated fees. Initially, many states used CDC’s National Public Health Improvement Initiative for this funding; however, since the program’s termination in 2014, agencies are required to use innovative strategies to accomplish the work. Read More »

ASTHO Helps Public Health Agencies Maximize Their Programs with Key Practices and Data

April 04, 2017|10:06 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Developing, carrying out, and improving public health programs for maximum impact requires appropriate evaluation methods, measures, and data. ASTHO’s Performance Improvement, Research, and Evaluation (PIRE) team provides these activities to support state and territorial health departments as they carry out and improve high quality public health programs. Read More »