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   ISSUE #14: 

MAY 2009

Next Steps
Beta Test
Fees & Incentives Workgroup


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Vetting of the standards, measures and guidance for documentation officially ended on May 7. The purpose of the vetting process was to broaden the universe of public health professionals who reviewed the draft standards and measures and to gather reactions, comments and recommendations for improvement. Everyone's input will be carefully considered as the standards, measures, and guidance for documentation are revised.
A tremendous thank you goes out to everyone who took the time to review the draft standards, measures, and guidance for documentation during our vetting process.  And thanks to everyone who participated in a discussion group.  We appreciate everyone's time and commitment to improving public health departments and the nation's health. 
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
PHAB President & CEO 

Next Steps for the Draft Standards

The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) is synthesizing the results of the vetting.  They will start by collating all responses and suggestions by domain, standard, and measure, and will also identify major themes from the comments. 
The Standards Development Workgroup will then meet for two days in June to review the vetting results in detail and to propose changes to the standards, measures and guidance for documentation.  The Workgroup's recommendations for changes will be submitted to the PHAB Board of Directors for their July meeting.  The set that the Board adopts will be used in PHAB's beta test of the accreditation program. To review the standards and measures, visit the PHAB Standards Web site

Beta Testing the National Accreditation Program
PHAB has received several questions about the beta test, and is able to provide basic information, though details are being finalized.
The purpose of the beta test is to stretch the standards and measures, and to identify areas for improvement prior to the official launch of the program in 2011. To ensure the beta test collects comprehensive, robust information, PHAB will partner with a broad array of health departments across the country, relative to their size, structure, governance, and preparedness for accreditation.
PHAB will issue a letter of invitation for health departments to partner with PHAB on the beta test in mid-summer, and health departments will be asked to submit an application. Check the PHAB Web site often, as information will be posted as it is available. More information will be share through the e-newsletters as well.

Fees & Incentives Workgroup  

The  Fees and Incentives Workgroup held its first meeting in March.  This workgroup is charged with developing a fee structure for accreditation applicants, identifying incentives for program participation, and developing strategies for securing incentives.  The Workgroup will determine a fee structure that minimizes financial barriers to health departments wishing to participate. During this first meeting they reviewed the results of research about incentives and discussed the principles and parameters of their work. Their next meeting will occur in July.