Pathways Recognition is a program designed to support performance improvement efforts, strengthen infrastructure, and facilitate public health system transformation for local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments not yet ready for accreditation. Pathways can facilitate accreditation readiness for eligible health departments intending to use the program as a step toward accreditation.
Pathways Recognition assesses health departments on the Foundational Capability measures in the PHAB initial accreditation Version 2022 Standards and Measures. There are 34 measures assessed in the Pathways Recognition program, and they are divided into two tracks –Services and Partnerships and Health Department Systems.
Printed copies of Pathways Recognition Standards & Measures and other materials can be purchased through PHAB’s online store.
Why Pathways Recognition?
The Pathways Recognition process is a meaningful step along a health department’s performance improvement journey. It allows a health department to make sizable progress toward accreditation by demonstrating achievement of the Foundational Capabilities. Pathways Recognition can also provide a glidepath for initial accreditation by allowing assessment of Pathways measures to carryforward to initial accreditation and through a discount on accreditation fees.
Local, territorial, and Tribal health departments are eligible to apply for accreditation. PHAB will determine the applicant’s eligibility.
Health departments are encouraged to discuss with PHAB questions about how The Standards, eligibility criteria, or other policy-related items apply to their department based on their organizational structure.