CLHO Accreditation Information & Links to Resources:
- General Accreditation Information
- Accreditation Prerequisites: Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan & Strategic Plan
- Accreditation Documentation
- Quality Improvement
- CLHO Accreditation Webinar Series
Legal and Political Aspects of Public Health Agency AccreditationListen to and watch the webinar held on August 18, 2011. Clickhere to view the slides only.
Presenters: Les Beitsch M.D., J.D., associate dean, Division of Health Affairs, Florida State University College of Medicine; Gene W. Matthews, J.D., director, Public Health Law Network - Southeastern Region; Martie Ross, J.D., partner, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
Health agency accreditation has the potential to provide significant assistance to health departments currently facing serious economic and political challenges to their resource base and legal structures. The accreditation process is also an important opportunity for public health professionals to engage community stakeholders in new and meaningful ways.
This webinar will provide insight for public health practitioners, their legal counsels and elected officials into the legal and political implications of the national voluntary public health department accreditation program, which is scheduled to be launched on September 14, 2011 by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Three national experts will discuss how accreditation can identify the potential changes underway in health department legal structures. Beitsch will provide observations on the current PHAB launch, including its background, legal components and implications on the public health community. Then Matthews will discuss lessons from recent research on the various state legal structures that support public health agency accreditation or certification programs. Finally, Ross will present the Kansas experience of establishing a voluntarily quality improvement program and shared service delivery in a home rule state legal environment
Resources to Help Health Departments Prepare for National Accreditation (emailed out from RWJ Foundation)
Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) to Launch Accreditation Program This Month
Despite the critical role public health departments play in keeping our nation safe and healthy, there has never been a national standard to ensure that the services they provide are of the highest possible quality—until now. The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)—with partnership and support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—has developed a national voluntary accreditation system to advance the performance of all local, state, territorial and tribal public health departments in the United States.
PHAB will commemorate this groundbreaking initiative with a special event on September 14 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. To assist the many health departments that have begun or will soon begin preparing to apply, RWJF has compiled a set of resources developed by some of the nation's leading public health associations and preeminent researchers to inform and advance accreditation efforts. See these resources and studies by clicking the related links below. For the latest accreditation news, visit www.phaboard.org.