The Value and Impact of Public Health Department Initial Accreditation

As with any accreditation process, accreditation means excellence. It engenders public trust and can also demonstrate the worth and the quality of the organization being accredited. Since launching its national accreditation program in 2011, PHAB has amassed a substantial amount of quantitative and qualitative data that collectively provide insight into the value and impact of public health department accreditation. With the goal of presenting a summary of the data gathered to date, PHAB recently released an updated version of  The Value and Impact of Public Health Department Initial Accreditation: A Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Data. Updated in June 2020, the report contains numbers and stories highlighting how accreditation has had meaningful impacts in health departments and the communities they serve, along with contextual information to highlight why these findings matter to health departments and their communities. In addition to featuring new data, the report includes a new section on emergency preparedness.

Why Become Accredited? Accreditation Works!

The tangible benefits of working on accreditation are described in a new double-sided infographic. The benefits will vary among health departments. Since accreditation is about performance and quality improvement, the actual benefits to a health department will depend on its identified needs. Accreditation provides a framework for a health department to identify performance improvement opportunities, to improve management, develop leadership, and improve relationships with the community. The process is one that will challenge the health department to think about what business it does and how it does that business.

The Accreditation Works! series provides real stories about the benefits accreditation brings to health departments and communities. PHAB’s Accreditation Works! series is updated regularly on PHAB’s home page. Check back often as more health departments add their accreditation success stories to this important body of work, thereby demonstrating their commitment to excellence in serving their communities. For information about Accreditation Works! or to learn how to submit your own story, email [email protected] or call 703-778-4549, x118.

Read more about evaluation findings on the impact of accreditation, as well as published stories and articles supporting the evidence base.

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Accreditation Strengthens Quality Improvement
Accreditation Strengthens Partnerships
Accreditation Strengthens Accountability
Accreditation Strengthens Resources
Accreditation Strengthens the Workforce
Accreditation Helps Identify Strengths/Weaknesses

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Accreditation Works!