Updates on the Development of PHAB Standards and Measures Version 2022.

In recognition of the changing nature of public health practice, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is preparing to refresh the accreditation standards and measures. This next version will be called Version 2022 and will inform both initial accreditation and reaccreditation. Changes in the standards and measures will be informed by a number of inputs. As PHAB works on the various components of items under consideration for Version 2022, we will post that information on this section of the website.

As PHAB works on the various components of items under consideration for Version 2022, we will post that information on this section of the website. While we want to be transparent in sharing the information that we are considering, we want to also emphasize that nothing is final until the final documents are approved.

Version 2022 Work in Progress: Overview January 2021

In recognition of the changing nature of public health practice, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has begun its preparation for refreshing the accreditation standards and measures. This next version will be called Version 2022 and will inform both initial accreditation and reaccreditation. The work related to revising the Standards and Measures was previously referred to as Version 2.0. Changes in the standards and measures will be informed by a number of inputs. The purpose of Version 2022 will be to:

  • Advance the field of public health practice
  • Address emerging issues (e.g., opioids)
  • Reflect current evidence
  • Improve measurements of health department performance
  • Clarify requirements for accreditation

The work plan and approximate time frames are as follows:
2017 -2020: Compile and analyze data on health departments’ assessments on the standards and measures, evaluation and other feedback from the health departments and site visitors, and evidence from the public health field.
2018-2020: Commission papers and convene expert panels and Think Tanks
2020-Early 2021: Engage Accreditation Improvement Committee and develop drafts
Late 2021: Vet draft Standards and Measures, Version 2022

As PHAB works on the various components of items under consideration for Version 2022, we will post that information on this section of the website. This report provides a psychometric analysis of health departments performance across the Standards & Measures. Information about performance on thematic groups of measures is available below and on the PHAB Data Portal.

We will be transparent in sharing the information that we are considering, but we want to emphasize that nothing is final until the final documents are approved. PHAB will be sharing information and seeking feedback at upcoming national, state, and regional conferences as appropriate. PHAB expects the new standards and measures to go into effect in 2022, so health departments working on initial accreditation under Version 1.5 and the current reaccreditation requirements should continue with that version until the new version is released.

Health Departments and Authentic Community Engagement: Commissioned Paper Authored by the Center for Public Health Practice & Research, Georgia Southern University