Accreditation is a peer-review process, which means PHAB depends on volunteer public health professionals who are engaged in the day-to-day work of health departments all over the country to conduct accreditation reviews. As health departments — PHAB’s core customers — gear up for a potential threat, such as COVID-19, so too will PHAB’s volunteers. This scenario creates the potential for unavoidable disruptions in the accreditation process.
Just as health department personnel actively participate in scenario planning and responding to emerging public health threats such as COVID-19, PHAB is also considering how such threats might affect applicant health departments, site visitors, and other volunteers who serve PHAB in various capacities, such as on PHAB’s Board, Think Tanks, Committees, Expert Panels and Workgroups, all of whom play critical roles in the public health accreditation model. READ MORE