Accreditation / Essential Services

Blueprint for Public Health Excellence: Recommendations for Improved Effectiveness and Efficiency of Local Public Health Protections (Executive Summary)

This report was developed by the Special Commission on Local and Regional Health, a 25-member body tasked with assessing the public health systems in Massachusetts. The executive summary documents key commission findings, as well as recommendations for how to improve public health in Massachusetts. The report makes the case for a more regional approach to […]

Structural and Organizational Characteristics Associated with Performance of Essential Public Health Services in Small Jurisdictions: Findings from a statewide study in Massachusetts.

This study examines jurisdictional, organizational, and structural characteristics associated with capacity to deliver 10 essential public health services in Massachusetts, a state where most local public health departments serve small municipalities. Hyde, J., Arsenault, L., Waggett, J., Mills, B., Cox, H., MacVarish, K., et. al. (2012). Structural and organizational characteristics associated with performance of essential […]

Regionalization in Local Public Health Systems

This brief reports on the effects of 9/11 on preparedness and regionalization. It examines a series of comparative case studies in four areas that suggest regionalization can improve both preparedness and public health in general. Available online: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2011/04/april-issue-of-health-affairs-focuses-on-patient-safety-and-heal/regionalization-in-local-public-health-systems.html California Health Policy Forum. (2007). Regionalization in Local Public Health Systems.

NACCHO Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement Resources

This website provides a variety of resources for accreditation preparation and quality improvement for local health departments. NACCHO’s Quality Improvement (QI) and Accreditation Preparation Webinar Series provides periodic webinars as part of NACCHO’s continued commitment to QI and preparing local health departments (LHDs) for national accreditation. Available online: http://www.naccho.org/topics/infrastructure/accreditation/index.cfm

National Network of Public Health Institutes

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) provides fiscal and administrative management for Public Health Institutes (PHIs), which are nonprofit organizations that improve the public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media and academia. Available online: http://www.nnphi.org/

Public Health Accreditation Board: Standards & Measures

This web resource details the PHAB standards and measures for public health department accreditation. It includes access to the newest version of the Standards and Measures, and a summary of changes from the previous version. Available online: http://www.phaboard.org/accreditation-process/public- PHAB. (2011). Standards & Measures Version 1.0. Alexandria, VA: Public Health Accreditation Board.

Preparing for Accreditation: West Allis Health Department

This slide presentation outlines the process and tools used by the West Allis (Wisconsin) Health Department to achieve national public health accreditation. West Allis was selected by NACCHO to be a national accreditation pilot. Available online (pdf): http://nnphi.org/CMSuploads/7.Preparing%20for%20Accreditation%20Final.pdf NNPHI. (2010). Preparing for Accreditation: West Allis Health Department [presentation slides]. New Orleans, LA: National Network of […]