Public Health Accreditation Board

Publication and Reports

PHAB is committed to both research and evaluation to help expand the scientific base for accreditation and systems change in public health, and to determine the value of accreditation to state, local, territorial and tribal health departments. The following publications and reports feature perspectives related to health department standard setting, quality improvement, and accreditation.

Final Recommendations for a Voluntary National Accreditation Program for State and Local Health Departments
This document summarizes the model program that the Exploring Accreditation Steering Committee recommended for implementation.

Full Report: Final Recommendations for a Voluntary National Accreditation Program for State and Local Health Departments
The Full Report is an expansion of the Final Recommendations report. It features new sections on methodology and public comment, as well as a business case for accreditation.

Exploring Public Health Experience with Standards and Accreditation
Lee Thielen for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Can Accreditation Work in Public Health? Lessons From Other Service Industries
Glen Mays for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Review and Analysis of Quality Improvement (QI) Techniques in Police Departments
William Riley for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Quality Improvement Initiatives in Public Health Accreditation: Private Sector Examples and Key Lessons for Public Health
Mike Hamm for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Adapting Quality Improvement to Public Health
Barbara Leonard for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice — July/August 2007
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice (JPHMP) looks at efforts to establish a national voluntary accreditation program for public health agencies and examines the potential of promising accreditation models.

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice — (January/February 2010, Volume 16, Issue 1)
This issue focuses on “Quality Improvement in Public Health.” It includes articles by several PHAB staff members, Board members, partners, and many other thought leaders in the field.