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PHAB Requests Feedback on Standards and Measures for Accreditation

Thursday, November 14, 2019  
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Public Health Accreditation Board Interactive Discussion with NALBOH Participants at the Annual Conference, August 15, 2019 Summary Report for Review

PHAB was pleased to return to the NALBOH conference this year to again discuss the ongoing work to refresh the standards and measures for public health department accreditation. The session, entitled Health Departments and Governance: Are We Measuring the Right Things for Accreditation? was held on August 15, 2019. Approximately 75 individuals attended the session. The session objectives were to review the current PHAB accreditation standards and measures related to governance; describe the performance of accredited health departments on Domain 12 of the standards and measures; and, discuss potential changes in accreditation standards and measures for the upcoming Version 2.0.

Public health department accreditation achieves its intended goals when the health department and their local boards of health work together to use the information learned from the process to improve their services to the communities they serve. PHAB appreciates the partnership that we have with NALBOH to ensure that our requirements are relevant to current governance practice.

In consideration of NALBOH'S Six Functions of Public Health Governance (https://nalboh.site-ym.com/page/GovernanceResources), participants were instrumental in providing PHAB with sound guidance on improving accreditation when the new version of the requirements are published in 2021. Although a specific focus was on Domain 12, recommendations were provided in many of PHAB’s twelve domains and not just for Domain 12. This summary highlights the key points from that discussion.

Find attached the full summary here. Please share any feedback on the summary by emailing Kaye Bender at kbender@phaboard.org. Feedback would be appreciated by December 31, 2019.