Accreditation

Accreditation Readiness Resource Kit

Welcome to ASTHO’s Accreditation Readiness Resource Kit. The resource kit is designed to provide state and territorial health departments with assistance to achieve accreditation through sharing of resources. If you have resources you would like us to consider for inclusion in this resource kit, please contact accreditation@astho.org.

This resource kit begins with an overview/introduction to accreditation and is structured based on the Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB) seven steps to accreditation. The overview/introduction and each of the seven steps is explained in detail, and resources and tools are provided. Each section of this toolkit includes a printable version of the text. (Please note that tools and resources need to be selected and downloaded individually.)

For an executive summary of this resource, please click here.

Overview/Introduction to Accreditation

This section includes:  

  • Overview of the Accreditation Process
  • Benefits of Accreditation
  • Public Health Accreditation Board Standards
  • Review of the Seven Steps of PHAB Accreditation

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    Step 1: Pre-Application

    This section includes:  

    • Agency Structure and Overview of staff roles for Accreditation
    • The Role of the Accreditation Coordinator
    • Structuring the Accreditation Team and Domain Teams
    • Other Staff and Leadership Roles
    • Tips for conducting an Organizational Self-Assessment and Determining Readiness
    • Communication Strategies for Accreditation

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    Step 2: Application

    This section includes:  

    • Overview of the PHAB Pre-Requisites
    • State Health Assessment Resources
    • State Health Improvement Planning Resources
    • Agency Strategic Plan Resources

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      Step 3: Documentation Selection and Submission

      This section includes:  

      • Identifying and Selecting Documents for Submission
      • Organizing and Storing Documentation
      • Reviewing documentation for conformity
      • Uploading to e-PHAB

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      Step 4: PHAB Site Visit

      This section includes:   

      • Overview of the Site Visit
      • Preparing Staff, Community Partners and the Governing Entity for the Site Visit
      • Additional Planning and Recommendations for the Site Visit

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      Step 5: Accreditation Decision

      This section includes:   

      • The Site Visit Report
      • Responding to an Action Plan

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      Step 6: Reports and Sustaining Improvement

      This section includes:  

      • Sustaining Continued Improvement at the Health Department

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        Step 7: Reaccreditation

        This section includes:  

        • Reaccreditation

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          ASTHO would like to get your feedback on our Accreditation Readiness Resource Kit. Please feel free to email us directly at accreditation@astho.org. Your feedback will be collected and used to improve the quality of this resource. Thank you in advance for your time and attention!