Development of national public health department accreditation has involved, and is supported by numerous public health leaders, practitioners, and academicians from federal, national, state, and local levels. PHAB continues to develop partnerships with national organizations, agencies and initiatives that will strengthen public health practice. Organizations interested in developing a strategic partnership with PHAB should contact Paul Kuehnert, President/CEO, at [email protected].

Funding and Content Sponsors

PHAB would like to thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for their generous support in funding and content expertise since 2007.

National Applicant Constituent Associations

PHAB works closely with national organizations that represent each type of eligible public health department applicant category. These organizations include the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH), and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). More recently, the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) has moved from a stakeholder to a national applicant constituent association with the launch of the Vital Records/Health Statistics Accreditation program in 2019.

Public Health System Stakeholders

PHAB’s work has been enhanced by a strong variety of leading public health organizations, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI),the National Public Health Informatics Institute (NPHII), Public Health Foundation (PHF), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN), the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, the Trust for America’s Health, and the US Army Public Health Central Command.

PHAB also has strategic partnerships with Special Olympics International and with the STAR Communities.

Academic Stakeholders

PHAB has partnered with several academic programs, institutions, and national organizations to support the inclusion of accreditation in student lectures, practicums, theses, and dissertations. Among these partners is the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), the University of Kentucky, the University of Washington, the University of Mississippi, the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins University.

Special Olympics International

Under a grant from Special Olympics International, PHAB has been working to identify promising practices from accredited health departments that have intentionally focused on including individuals with intellectual disabilities in their work related to health promotion, emergency preparedness, and general program planning.
Some of those promising practices have been explored in greater depth and are now available as short case studies intended to encourage other health departments to consider intentional inclusion in their public health work:
In addition, PHAB plans to conduct a webinar about inclusive health and accreditation on September 12, 2019, from 2-3 pm ET. Please stay tuned to the PHAB e-newsletter and website for more details. In the meantime, as you think about health promotion and health policy in your jurisdictions, please consider including individuals with intellectual disabilities in your partnerships.

The Center for School Health Innovation & Quality

PHAB is incubating the Center for School Health Innovation & Quality whose purpose is to is to reinvent school health and school nursing practice to better serve all students, with a special focus on students from underserved groups facing inequities. Learn more about the Center for School Health Innovation & Quality.