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Issue Brief: Public Health Agency Accreditation

posted on Thu, Oct 27 2011 11:04 pm by Southeastern Region

The accreditation of public health agencies is expected to play a significant role in strengthening the performance, effectiveness and accountability of the governmental public health system. After extensive study, a national voluntary accreditation program was endorsed by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the National Association of Local Boards of Health. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Accreditation Board was incorporated in 2007 and the voluntary national accreditation program waslaunched in September2011.

States will need a strong legal and policy foundation to support participation in the national voluntary accreditation program. Numerous legal and policy questions will need to be addressed as state and local leaders determine their approach to accreditation and consider models that allow small local health agencies to partner together to meet accreditation standards and measures.

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