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   ISSUE #16: 

August 2009

Proposed Standards
New Board Members


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 It has been a busy summer for PHAB, as we mark several exciting and important steps towards the development of the voluntary national public health accreditation program. First and foremost, the PHAB Board of Directors officially approved the proposed accreditation standards, measures, and guidance for documentation. The standards and measures will be instrumental in the upcoming beta test, as selected public health departments will have the opportunity to put them into practice and provide valuable feedback to PHAB before the national program launch in 2011.
I am also delighted to welcome four new members to the PHAB Board of Directors: Dr. Les Beitsch from the Florida State University College of Medicine, Dr. Jack Lanier of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Dr. Hugh Tilson from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, and Dr. Harvey Wallace from Northern Michigan University. These distinguished individuals have contributed a tremendous amount to the field of public health through research, publications, senior-level advising, and medical practice. Their expertise and commitment to public health over the years are a welcome addition to our board's impressive leadership, and they will provide critical guidance and support as PHAB moves into the beta test phase.
PHAB is looking forward to continuing the momentum of the national public health accreditation program. And we could not be where we are without your help. As always, thank you for your commitment to improving the quality and performance of our nation's public health departments. 
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
PHAB President & CEO

Final Standards and Measures Are Available

 PHAB is pleased to announce that the proposed voluntary national accreditation standards and measures for state, local, and territorial public health departments have received approval from PHAB's Board of Directors and are available for distribution. The standards and measures, along with guidance for documentation can be downloaded from PHAB's website here. PHAB wants to thank all those who provided valuable feedback during the public comment process, including those who submitted the 4,000 individual comments, online surveys and group feedback forms. Your comments were reviewed thoroughly by the Standards Development Workgroup to ensure that public health departments nationwide are represented and heard. Your participation was crucial in developing effective standards and measures that will move us closer to our goal of a voluntary national accreditation program.

PHAB Wecomes New Board Members

PHAB proudly welcomes four new members to the PHAB Board of Directors. Dr. Les Beitsch joins us from the Center on Medicine and Public Health at the Florida State University College of Medicine, and has also served as the Oklahoma Commissioner of Health and in the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Beitsch is not new to PHAB, as he currently serves on the PHAB Research and Evaluation Committee and was involved in a steering committee that led to the creation of PHAB. Dr. Jack Lanier boasts a long history at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, most recently as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health. Prior to that, Dr. Lanier served in several senior health roles at the Department of Defense and at the Greater Southeast Healthcare System. Dr. Hugh Tilson has been with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health since 1996, and remains a practicing epidemiologist and researcher. His illustrious career includes posts at the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Institute of Medicine, North Carolina's Division of Health Services, and Glaxo Wellcome. Dr. Harvey Wallace joins PHAB as the Department Head of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Northern Michigan University. Dr. Wallace also serves as an elected official on the Marquette County Board of Health and the National Association of Local Boards of Health Board of Directors, and has been instrumental on PHAB's Standards Development Workgroup and Exploring Accreditation Steering Committee. The contributions of these four new Board members will be invaluable to the development and success of a national accreditation program. Read more about the new Board members and their backgrounds on PHAB's webpage.

Reminder: Beta Test Applications Welcome
 PHAB has released a Letter of Invitation to state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments inviting them to partner with PHAB on the accreditation beta test. Public health departments are encouraged to apply for the beta test, and applications will be accepted by PHAB until 5:30 ET, August 14, 2009. PHAB will select 29 local, state and tribal departments of varying sizes, structures, capacities and locations to participate and test the accreditation program. This is a unique opportunity for health departments to test the standards and process, and help shape the accreditation program for the national launch in 2011. Click here to learn more.