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Accreditation and Quality Improvement in Public Health

Accreditation Resources

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of tribal, state, local and territorial public health departments.  Click here to learn more.

PHAB Video:  Public health directors from across the U.S. talk about their pursuit of public health department accreditation.

IPHA leads the Iowa Public Health Gaining Ground Coalition (IPHGGC) on a project funded by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) the goal of which is to enhance performance and quality improvement of governmental health departments and advance PHAB accreditation.

  • Click here to view the 12 Domains to PHABulous web-video series.
  • Click here to learn more about Gaining Ground in Iowa and to access project products.


IPHA Accreditation Resources
  • 2012 APHA Accreditation Grant The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) requires that all national accreditation applicants submit: 1) community health assessment, 2) community health improvement plan and 3) agency-specific strategic plan guided by the results of the needs assessment and health improvement plan.  In 2012, IPHA was funded by APHA to target local public health agencies (LPHAs) that do not yet have a strategic plan and support their creation of one grounded in CHNA & HIP.  Click here to view the resulting online toolkit.

  • Putting the Pieces Together: Leveraging Your Organization's Assets for Performance Improvement - In October 2014, the Institute for Public Health Practice (IPHP) convened the 15th Annual Iowa Public Health Practice Colloquium dedicated to performance improvement. IPHP created a toolkit of videos of the Speaker's presentations and their powerpoint presentations. There are also links to the Colloquium handouts and additional resources.

    National Network of Public Health Institutes

    Click here to access the "Tips for Being a Successful PHAB Applicant" webinar, slides and Q&A (8.12.14).


    Accreditation: How Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Fits into the Picture

    The Center for Sharing Public Health Services and the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) presented a webinar on 5.06.14, that focused on cross-jurisdictional sharing and the accreditation process. Speakers described ways public health department accreditation integrates with cross-jurisdictional sharing and the use of shared documentation as evidence for the Standards and Measures. They also presented policies and options for health departments that are considering a multi-jurisdictional application for accreditation.  Click here to learn more.


    Quality Improvement

    Quality Improvement in Iowa's Public Health System:  Connecting QI to Health Reform and Accreditation (4.08.13)
    Slides from Vanessa Forsberg, APHA

    7th Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement in Public Health (Dec. 2012 - Charlotte, NC)

    The National Network of Public Health Institutes convened over 270 public health professionals from 43 states and 4 U.S. territories to share expertise on many subjects under the umbrella of quality improvement.

    Click here to access all the meeting materials.

    American Public Health Association

    APHA is committed to promoting quality improvement in public health systems in a comprehensive way across the nation.  Click here to access more information on APHA's QI initiatives and resources.
    Quality Improvement in Public Health: It Works - This 24-page brochure describes national efforts that provide a consistent foundation for QI in public health at all levels of government; provides stories of QI successes in public health departments; and offers resources to assist public health professionals who recognize the importance of applying QI to public health practice.
    The Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX) is a centralized communication hub dedicated to supporting quality improvement efforts in public health practices throughout the United States.  Submit your own quality improvement initiative or search for interventions that might be relevant to your community.  Click here to learn more.

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