Our Core Accreditation Team has been working on preparing thousands of pages of documentation to submit to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and we met our targeted date of March 31st. This would not have happened without the effort of our staff from across the department who provided the Core Accreditation Team with examples, documents, and details up until the final day.

The PHAB standards and measures are the framework for evaluating a health department’s processes and services, their outcomes, and progress toward specific goals and objectives. Our recent submission consisted of selected documents that demonstrate we meet PHAB’s standards and measures and is one of the most important components of the accreditation process.

These documents included a large variety of examples of the things our staff does every day in public health—presentations that were given to stakeholders, needs assessments for vulnerable populations, agendas from meetings with partners providing technical assistance—and the list goes on. The documentation we submitted will be reviewed during an on-site visit by a team of public health practitioners and experts who will review and determine the health department’s conformity with the standards and measures.