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   ISSUE #17: 

September 2009

PHAB Announces Beta Test Launch
Proposed State/Territorial and Local  Standards



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I am very pleased to announce the launch of PHAB's public health accreditation beta test. The beta test represents a new chapter in our work to transform public health and, ultimately, make us a healthier nation. Starting now and running through the end of 2010, the beta test will provide the on-the-ground critical feedback we need to develop a successful accreditation program that serves all public health departments and advances the quality of public health services.
I am also pleased to announce that PHAB and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to highlight the important partnership between the two organizations. The MOU is a representation of the partnership and further strengthens our relationship as we work together to improve public health practice in Indian Country.
I am grateful to all who have participated in the PHAB workgroups, committees, and think tanks; alpha testing the standards; vetting of the standards; applied to be a beta test site; and assisted PHAB in launching the beta test. Thanks also go out to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their ongoing support and involvement in the work to establish a voluntary national accreditation program. The PHAB Board has also been actively engaged in developing this process. The beta test is a critical step in bringing us closer to realizing our shared goal of a national voluntary public health accreditation program that benefits all public health departments and their communities. 
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
PHAB President & CEO

PHAB Announces the Launch of the Beta Test

 On September 18, 2009, PHAB notified 30 state, local and tribal health departments of their selection to participate in the public health accreditation beta test. Their participation will provide the public health field with on-the-ground, critical feedback needed to revise and refine the accreditation program prior to the national launch in 2011. PHAB received an overwhelming number of applications, representing incredible depth and expertise from public health departments nationwide. PHAB is very grateful for the strong response and the clear message sent by public health departments that they are committed to public health accreditation and to transforming public health across the country.
To ensure that the beta test sites represent a diverse cross-section of health departments, PHAB carefully selected departments that vary in size, structure, population served, governance, geographic region, and degree of preparedness for accreditation. Beta test sites will undergo the entire accreditation process, including applying for accreditation, providing documentation, and hosting site visits. Throughout the beta test, the sites will provide valuable and comprehensive feedback on the standards, assessment process, and materials that will inform the final accreditation program. The beta test sites will also work closely with PHAB's partners - ASTHO, NACCHO, NALBOH and NIHB.
The beta test represents a unique learning opportunity not only for PHAB and for the participating health departments, but also for all health departments preparing for accreditation. Learn more about how you can be involved in the beta test process.

PHAB Signs Memorandum of Understanding with NIHB

PHAB and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) are proud to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a formal recognition of the collaboration between the two organizations. PHAB and NIHB's partnership dates back to 2006 and this MOU is a continuation of their shared commitment to ensure the public health accreditation program addresses the unique needs of tribal communities. As PHAB tests the accreditation standards, assessment process, and materials through the upcoming beta test, the MOU will reinforce NIHB and tribal public health practitioners continued strong partnership in developing the national accreditation program.
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