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Upcoming NACCHO WebinarAccreditation and Healthy People 2020


NACCHO's next Accreditation Preparation and Performance Improvement Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29th at 3:30PM ET. On this 90 minute webinar, presenters will discuss the connections between local health department accreditation preparation and Healthy People 2020 (HP2020).  
The webinar will provide an overview of HP2020 from CDC staff, and will feature representatives from local health departments with experience preparing for PHAB accreditation and incorporating Healthy People 2020 activities into their work. After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) and the ways it is used at local health departments
  • Describe how Healthy People 2020 objectives can be used for community health assessment improvement planning (which generates two of the prerequisites for PHAB accreditation)
  • Explain how resources available through Healthy People 2020 can be used for accreditation preparation.
Registration for the webinar is free, but space is limited. Click here for more information and to register. 
Accreditation Training Series for Local Governing Entities: All Four Modules Now Available 
Is your agency thinking about pursuing PHAB accreditation? You probably know that the support of your governing entity (board of health, board of commissioners, etc) is crucial, but you may need resources to bring them up to speed on the importance of accreditation. NACCHO has developed a series of training videos with you in mind!

These training videos are aimed at governing entities so they are SHORT, TO-THE-POINT, and FAST-PACED. There are four modules that are available, each with a different focus area:  
*    Accreditation in public health
*    The accreditation investment
*    Accreditation and quality improvement
*    Accreditation and the local governing entity

All four video modules of the series are available now at Contact Lowrie Ward with questions at 202-507-4196 or

Seeking LHDs Using Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards in Applications for Public Health Department Accreditation
NACCHO's Environmental Health Team would like to speak with local health departments (LHDs) that intend to use the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) documentation as part of their public health department accreditation documentation. NACCHO is assessing how Retail Program Standards documentation might be used by LHDs to meet public health department accreditation domains, standards, and measures
If you are interested in sharing your experience, please contact Andrew Elligers at

Partner News      


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to announce a new Call for Proposals (CFP) to participate in the second cycle of the QI Award Program.  Through the Program, NNPHI will provide health departments with $5,000 awards coupled with 15 hours of individualized quality improvement (QI) assistance from an experienced QI Coach to conduct a QI project that results in measureable change. Selected health departments will also be provided with additional opportunities such as educational webinars with QI experts and sponsored attendance at a national accreditation and QI-focused meeting (the "Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement in Public Health").


The purpose of this QI Award Program is to support health departments to become more proficient in the adoption and application of QI and to meet the accreditation standards and measures set by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

To apply and for more information on the program, please visit the COPPHI page of the NNPHI website. Support for the QI Award Program is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
*    Deadline to indicate intent to apply: August 20, 2012 (3p.m. ET)
*    Proposal Deadline: September 10, 2012 (3p.m. ET)   


The Association for Community Health Improvement is planning its national conference for March 12-14, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2013 conference is intended to help participants: succeed inside their organizations in meeting new requirements and opportunities; work effectively on a local and regional level as health improvement leaders; and connect to peers and national organizations, resources and tools. It will focus on four topic tracks:
*    Advancing Community Health Assessment Tactics and Tools
*    Building Evidence-informed Implementation Strategies and Plans
*    Demonstrating Return on Investment for Population Health
*    Engaging Health and Community Leaders as Effective Advocates 


ACHI has issued a call for breakout session proposals through September 14, 2012. Information about the conference and submitting a session proposal is available online.    


APHA Logo The American Public Health Association and the Public Health Foundation have worked collaboratively to develop a tool to help health departments and their partners assess and improve the performance of their policy activities. While other performance measurement and evaluation guides exist, this is the first tool to focus explicitly on performance measurement for public health policy. Find out more details and download the tool here