Accreditation Will Enhance and Improve Vital Records and Health Statistics Services and Programs in Communities Across the Country
February 14, 2019 — The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) today announced the launch of its newest accreditation program, which will bring the benefits of national accreditation to the vital records and health statistics (VRHS) units of state and territorial health departments. The new Vital Records and Health Statistics Accreditation Program adds to the already robust portfolio of public health department accreditations administered by PHAB, the nonprofit national accrediting organization for state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health departments.
The new, voluntary accreditation certification program is available to eligible applicants in the 57 jurisdictional areas identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), to fulfill its legislatively mandated mission to produce national vital statistics. This includes jurisdictions where statewide vital records are collected from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.
PHAB will begin accepting applications for the new Vital Records and Health Statistics Accreditation Program on April 1, 2019. A state or territorial health department does not have to be PHAB-accredited for the VRHS unit to submit an application. Interested applicants may learn more about the program requirements by clicking here.