PHAB accreditation utilizes a peer-review process, and site visitors play a central and substantive role in that process.

Volunteers who have served as site visitors have told PHAB that the experience is rewarding and provides tangible benefits such as networking with other leaders in public health; gaining in-depth information about the accreditation process; participating in a meaningful peer review process; enhancing verbal, written, and technical communication and interviewing skills; learning about new, innovative, and promising public health practices; engaging in professional development; and contributing to the overall improvement of the field of public health. PHAB covers all of your travel expenses for training and for the site visits.

If you are interested in becoming a PHAB Site Visitor, please keep in mind that applicants must:
  • Have at least five years of professional public health experience in a Tribal, state, local, or territorial governmental health department; and

  • Have leadership or management experience as demonstrated by supervisory responsibility for one or more programs; and

  • Have a baccalaureate or higher degree.

You are ineligible to serve as a PHAB Site Visitor if you are a:
  • Current staff member of an organization or association that provides accreditation technical assistance to health departments to prepare for accreditation.

  • Current Federal Employee.

  • Current Robert Wood Johnson Foundation employee.

  • Member of the PHAB Board of Directors or Accreditation Committee.

Click here for more information about site visitors’ roles and responsibilities, as well as for information about how to apply. For additional information, please contact PHAB Volunteer Services Manager Jeff Lake at [email protected].

Special Call for Site Visitors for Vital Records/Health Statistics
and Army Public Health Preventive Medicine

PHAB is issuing a special call for site visitors for both Vital Records/Health Statistics accreditation and for Army Public Health/Preventive Medicine accreditation.

Army Public Health/Preventive Medicine: PHAB is looking for site visitors with Army public health/preventive medicine experience or other military public health preventive medicine experience to join our regular site reviewers as Army installation reviews are being conducted. We are in need of 4-5 qualified individuals who can attend site visitor training at some point this spring. If you have these credentials, please go to our site visitor application link and submit your application by February 15, 2019. If you are already a trained PHAB site visitor and have these credentials, please email Jeff Lake, [email protected] and let him know.

Vital Records/Health Statistics: The PHAB VRHS site visit team is composed of two individuals, one with state health department experience and one with vital records/health statistics experience. Applicants must have:

  • At least five years of professional public health experience in a state health department or in state health department vital records and/or health statistics services,

  • Leadership or management experience as demonstrated by supervisory responsibility for one or more programs or units, and,

  • A baccalaureate or higher degree.

Individuals who have not participated as a site visitor for state health department accreditation may want to consider being a site visitor for VRHS accreditation. For more information, contact Jeff Lake, [email protected], 703-778-4549, ext. 110.