PHAB is committed to research, evaluation, and data to drive quality improvement and build evidence around public health systems.

Public Health Learnings

PHAB learns about public health topics from accredited health department data, Think Tanks, expert panels and more. Take a dive into different topics that impact the health of our communities.

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Publications and Reports

PHAB produces and contributes to publications and reports to advance the evidence base of accreditation and public health practice.

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Request Data

PHAB releases data generated through the accreditation process for research purposes. Review the process for requesting data from PHAB and contact us to discuss research projects.

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Data Portal

PHAB’s accreditation process generates the only set of peer-reviewed data about public health capacities. We encourage you to explore these data to learn more about how health departments operate and view aggregate data about health department capacity.

Visit the PHAB Data Portal to learn more about:

  • The types of health departments that have applied for and achieved accreditation
  • How health departments’ performance was assessed against the Standards & Measures
  • What population health outcomes topics health departments track in their communities
  • How all the above differ based on health department characteristics

For Accredited Health Departments: View your own data, generate customized reports, and benchmark your accreditation assessments against other health departments.

For Researchers and the Public: Get a sense of general health department performance or compare data using filters.

PHAB remains committed to respecting the confidentiality of health departments that apply for accreditation. To protect the confidentiality of applicant health departments, all data on the public-facing portal are aggregated (shown in groups). Read more about the data request process.

If you have questions or suggestions about the portal, email [email protected].

Evaluation

PHAB partners with NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct independent evaluations to assess the outcomes of national public health accreditation and gain an understanding of the accreditation program’s strengths, opportunities, and impacts. PHAB uses these findings to continuously improve the accreditation program.