Accreditation / Essential Services

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): NNPHI. (2010). Preparing for Accreditation: West Allis Health Department [presentation slides]. New Orleans, LA: National Network of […]

Public Health Foundation

The Public Health Foundation improves the public’s health by strengthening the quality and performance of public health practice and is dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training and technical assistance. Available online:

Institutional and Economic Determinants of Public Health System Performance.

This article examines the association between institutional, financial and community characteristics of local public health systems and their performance of essential services. It discusses the results of a preliminary study drawing on data from seven states. The researchers conclude that reconfiguring the organization and financing of public health systems in some communities — such as […]

Considering Consolidation to Build Stronger Local Health Departments

This master’s degree paper submitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides an overview of the issues surrounding consolidation of local health departments. The author discusses potential benefits (including cost savings, increased capacity to provide essential services, and increased preparedness), the concerns associated with consolidation (including loss of control, low priority of […]

NACCHO CHA/CHIP Demonstration Sites

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, assisted 12 demonstration sites with CHA/CHIP development in 2011 and 2012. Two of the projects involved collaboration with other jurisdictions. Final reports from these projects can be found online at

NACCHO’s CHA/CHIP Resource Center

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)’s Resource Center for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHA/CHIP Resource Center) provides customizable tools and resources that can help local health departments and their partners with CHA/CHIP. The resource center can be found online at

Horizon Community Health Board 2012 Quality Improvement Plan Goals

This document outlines the 2012 quality improvement plan goals established for the Horizon Community Health Board (Minnesota): 1) assess and address quality improvement as it relates to the broad five-county community health board; 2) explore organizational structure options to identify the structure that will support the organization’s capacity to meet national accreditation standards and measures; […]