As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, PHAB has released supplemental guidance describing several temporary adjustments to the accreditation procedures that affect the site visitor role.

Site Visitors AZ Snyder and Christa Cupp Selected for Inclusion in
de Beaumont Foundation’s Inaugural “40 Under 40 in Public Health”

Scroll down to read a Q&A with AZ and Christa on the importance of being a PHAB site visitor.

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, territorial governmental, or Army Installation Department of Public Health (preferred); 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 (exception: individuals who are currently or were formally assigned to Army installation departments of public health (preventive medicine) are eligible).

  • Current Robert Wood Johnson Foundation employee.

  • Member of the 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 Senior Accreditation Specialist, Brittan Williams at bwilliams[email protected].

Apply to be a Site Visitor

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 accreditation.

Army Public Health: PHAB is looking for site visitors with Army public health experience or other military public health preventive medicine experience to join our regular site reviewers as Army installation reviews are being conducted. If you have these credentials, please go to our site visitor application link and submit your application. If you are already a trained PHAB site visitor and have these credentials, please email Brittan Williams, [email protected].

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 Brittan Williams, [email protected].

Site Visitors AZ Snyder and Christa Cupp Selected for Inclusion in de Beaumont Foundation’s Inaugural “40 Under 40 in Public Health” 

PHAB is pleased to announce that two members of our site visitor team were recently selected for inclusion in the de Beaumont Foundation’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in Public Health. The list recognizes young leaders whose creative problem-solving skills and innovative solutions are going far to improve communities across the country.

Christa Cupp, a public health educator at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Office of Policy & Practice Alignment; and Site Visitor AZ Snyder, director/health officer at Pierce County (Wisconsin) Public Health Department, are among the 24 women and 16 men from 23 states and one U.S. commonwealth who were selected for their creative approaches and innovative solutions to improve community health. (For a summary of their accomplishments, visit

Nominees were evaluated by a distinguished panel of professionals from the nonprofit, business, and higher education sectors on their demonstrated leadership, contributions to their community’s health, and collaboration with other organizations. Christa joined PHAB’s site vistor team in 2018 and is presently on her second site visitor assignment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a Master of Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and maintains a Master Certified Health Education Specialist certificate. Site Visitor AZ Snyder joined PHAB’s site visitor team this year and is presently participating in her first site visit assignment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Q&A With Site Visitor AZ Snyder:

What does it mean to you personally that you were selected for 40 under 40?
This award is an opportunity to keep paying it forward by lifting up those around me. Local public health can be a thankless job, and we’ve especially noted that public health workers do not believe creativity or innovation are rewarded in their workplaces (PH WINS 2017). I remember I was working with an epidemiologist just a couple years younger than me. She wanted to start using more infographics as a communication tool, but her managers didn’t see the need to invest time or financial resources into data presentation. I was in a different division with my own budget, so I bought her infographics software and got her some training. She produced some amazing reports that got her and our department a lot of notice in the press and on social media. Investing in her ideas gave her the confidence to keep innovating and made our department better.

Why do you enjoy being a site visitor for PHAB?
Learning from your site visit team can help you see things from a different perspective. My current team has had some of the best conversations when we disagreed on measure scores because we come from different backgrounds. After talking with my team over the last few months during domain calls, we identified this kind of profound overarching area of improvement not related to any specific measure alone. I don’t think I would have seen it on my own, but together we started to articulate it. I think sharing this observation with the department could really help them operate more efficiently. Second, being a site visitor gives me more credibility with my governing bodies. I know the standards for local health departments and I know how others have met them, so when I make a push for a change towards best-practice, they are more likely to listen.

Why would you encourage others to become site visitors?
Most of us in our thirties have only had the experience of working at one or two health departments. Being a site visitor gives you an opportunity to peek into the inner workings of many other health departments. Seeing how others overcome barriers and capitalize on available resources gives you a larger frame of reference for how things could work. It’s made me more creative because it’s widened my perspective on what’s possible.

Q&A With Site Visitor Christa Cupp:

What does it mean to you personally that you were selected for 40 under 40?
It is an honor to be recognized by the de Beaumont Foundation as one of the inaugural 40 Under 40 in Public Health for the work I have the opportunity to do every day within the Division of Public Health.  Developing relationships and providing support to meet the needs of partners, communities, and the people of Wisconsin are my driving forces, and receiving this recognition has provided another source of motivation to continue to applying systems thinking to improve health.

Why do you enjoy being a site visitor for PHAB?
My experience as a PHAB site visitor has broadened and enhanced my knowledge of public health practice, the national public health performance standards and Public Health 3.0, which I have used to support and build capacity of local and tribal health departments in Wisconsin. In addition, my role as a site visitor allowed me to support the Division of Public Health, as an accredited agency, in ways I would not have otherwise been able.

Why would you encourage others to become site visitors?
Being a site visitor is an opportunity to give back to the larger public health system, to grow personally and professionally, and to stay on the cutting edge of public health best practices. Each site visit is a way to challenge yourself and expand your public health expertise. If you want to identify opportunities for continuous self-improvement, become a PHAB site visitor!