All state health departments who intend to apply for PHAB accreditation must complete three agency-wide processes before applying for national accreditation. Below are some resources to help you prepare your prerequisites for your application.
Please note: these documents are not endorsed by PHAB. PHAB makes all final decisions about Accreditation Status and you should always refer to the PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.0 for information about accreditation requirements.
According to PHAB, a State Health Assessment is a collaborative process of collecting and analyzing data and information for use in educating and mobilizing communities, developing priorities, garnering resources, and planning actions to improve the population’s health.
ASTHO Resources on creating a State Health Assessment:
State Examples of State Health Assessments:
According to PHAB a State Health Improvement Plan is a long-term, systematic plan to address issues identified in the state health assessment.
ASTHO has developed a SHIP Guidance and Resource Document that provides a suggested framework for state health improvement planning, including a comprehensive collection of resources and state examples.
ASTHO Resources on State Health Improvement Planning:
Example State Health Improvement Plans:
According to PHAB, the department strategic plan shapes and guides what the health department does and why it does it, sets forth the department’s vision, mission, guiding principles and values, and strategic priorities, and describes measurable and time-framed goals and objectives.
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