Accreditation and Performance


Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI)

ASTHO, with support from CDC's Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial support, is pleased to announce a request for applications for the 2017-2018 Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI) technical assistance opportunity.


Designed to advance territorial and freely associated state health agency accreditation readiness, ASTHO will select up to five (5) territorial and freely associated state health agencies to design and implement a project and plan to address self-identified accreditation preparation needs. During the approximately eight (8) month project, each selected territory/freely associated state will receive technical assistance from ASTHO and subject matter experts, and complete activities that demonstrate a measurable increase in their health agency's readiness to achieve PHAB accreditation.

Categories of Work

Selected ASI sites will complete up to two deliverables that align with the following categories of accreditation readiness work:

  • Category 1, Progress on Standard 1.1: Participate in or Lead a Collaborative Process Resulting in a Comprehensive Community Health Assessment
  • Category 2, Progress on Standard 5.2 and/or Standard 5.3: Conduct a Comprehensive Planning Process Resulting in a Community Health Improvement Plan and/or Develop and Implement a Health Agency Organizational Strategic Plan
  • Category 3, Progress on Standard 8.2: Ensure a Competent Workforce through Assessment of Staff Competencies, the Provision of Individual Training and Professional Development, and the Provision of a Supportive Work Environment
  • Category 4, Progress on Standard 9.1 and/or Standard 9.2: Use a Performance Management System to Monitor Achievement or Organizational Objectives and/or Developing and Implementing Quality Improvement Processes Integrated into Organizational Practice, Programs, Processes, and Interventions
  • Category 5, Progress toward completing other Accreditation Readiness Activities: Examples include - Development of an Accreditation Roadmap, a Written Organizational Self-Study, or One Other Deliverable related to Accreditation Readiness

What Last Year's ASI Sites Are Saying

Process Mapping and Improvement in the Republic of the Marshall Islands: The Ministry of Health identified opportunities to better manage grants, streamline recruitment and procurement processes, increase collaboration with external partners, and thereby increase the efficiency with which federal funds are effectively spent. Utilizing the process maps, the Ministry of Health will develop new standard operating procedures for grants management, recruitment, and procurement processes.

Building Agency Capacity Through Workforce Development Planning: Developing a Workforce Development Plan was not an easy task for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam Department of Health. Both sought to learn more about their public health workforce and identify opportunities for growth, but had minimal staff and resources to support their efforts. Through the ASI, the agencies gained the skills needed to identify and adopt core competencies for their staff, deploy a workforce needs assessment, and develop a training plan to fulfil the needs of their workforce. Collaboration between the two agencies, building on work from established internal workgroups, and utilizing their public health leaders as champions contributed to the success of their ASI work.

Application Process and Additional Information

To apply, please review the Request for Applications and submit a completed application to by Monday September 11, 2017 - 8:00 pm ET.

For more detailed information, you may participate in an optional informational webinar on Monday August 28, at 7:00 pm, Eastern Time. (Please convert time for your particular time-zone.)

  • Meeting URL:
  • Meeting ID: 792635820
  • Dial-In From Phone: +1.408.740.7256 (United States), +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free), + 1.408.317.9253 (Alternate number)

Proposal Due Date and Time: Monday September 11, 8:00pm ET
Selection Announcement Date: October 5, 2017
Project Period: October 9, 2017 - June 15, 2018