Making the decision to pursue Initial Accreditation, Reaccreditation, or Pathways Recognition is the first step. Once you decide to pursue a PHAB program, there are some steps to review so that you are prepared:

  • Determine Eligibility. Review the eligibility requirements in the Policy to ensure your health department is eligible to apply for Initial Accreditation or Pathways Recognition.

  • Review the Introduction to PHAB course to learn more about PHAB, the Accreditation and Recognition processes.

  • Register for the Readiness and Training process. The Readiness and Training process is a mandatory first step in applying for either Initial Accreditation or Pathways Recognition. Health departments must pay the Readiness and Training fee in order to gain access to required materials. Review more information below.

  • Review the Policy, Standards & Measures, and additional resources. Use the Standards & Measures for your intended program as your roadmap as you create and update plans and policies. View resources >

Readiness and Training Process

The Readiness and Training process is a streamlined way for health departments to assess their readiness for either Initial Accreditation or Pathways Recognition and build capacity to go through the process. The Readiness and Training process includes two parts:

  • Readiness Assessment – The Readiness Assessment is a way for health departments to assess their readiness for PHAB programs. This includes a focus on the Foundational Capabilities and provides valuable feedback directly from PHAB.

  • PHAB Training – Health departments will be required to attend one live training and gain access to a series of trainings in the Learning Center. The training guides health departments through the Initial Accreditation and Pathways Recognition processes and provides health departments an overview of the Standard’s & Measures.

The Readiness and Training fee is $1,299 and includes the PHAB training, the Readiness Assessment, and a credit toward the Initial Accreditation or Pathways Recognition application. Health departments must go through the Readiness and Training process prior to submitting an application for Initial Accreditation or Pathways Recognition.

Process:

  • Register your health department for the Readiness and Training process.

  • Once your registration has been accepted by PHAB, you will receive an invoice for the Readiness and Training fee. The invoice must be paid to gain access to the Readiness Assessment and trainings.
  • After the invoice has been paid, you will have one year to complete the Readiness Assessment, take the required trainings, and apply for a program.

Fees

PHAB instituted a fee structure to manage and maintain the national accreditation process. Applicant fees are necessary for PHAB to provide quality services to both applicants for accreditation and accredited health departments. Public health department accreditation is not a “one-time” event; it is an ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement.

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