Public Health Accreditation and Collaborative Partnerships

Collaboration is a key component and common theme throughout accreditation standards, such as Standard 1.1: “Participate or lead a collaborative process resulting in a comprehensive community health assessment.” It is validated as critical for health department processes and activities to assess and improve the community’s health, develop agency-wide strategic and workforce development plans, coordinate all-hazard operations, and engage in performance management (PM) and quality improvement (QI). System approaches to public health practice advocate that early and ongoing collaboration can increase the understanding of population needs, facilitate the identification of priorities, and inform the development and implementation of projects, programs, and policies that promote population health.

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  • Why? / Phase One: The goal of accreditation is to improve and protect the public’s health through the advancement of health departments’ performance and quality.