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Reminder: Funding Opportunity for Accreditation Preparation 
With funding from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACCHO is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for public health departments (state, local, territorial, and Tribal) and organizations that assist local/Tribal health departments (e.g., state health departments, public health institutes, SACCHOs) to prepare for, or undertake, accreditation-related activities.

Application requirements and full details about this opportunity are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) and the application template.

NACCHO and CDC staff will host a teleconference call with all potential applicants on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM EDT (866-740-1260, passcode: 5074230) to answer questions about this RFA. No preregistration is required. The call will be recorded and archived for those unable to participate. 
**NOTE (the passcode to this teleconference has changed since the original posting of the RFA) 
Applications will be due Friday, September 28, 2012.  

Questions about this initiative may be directed to  
New Tool Available for LHDs Interested in PHAB and Baldrige  
The Quest for Exceptional Performance illustrates the complementary aspects of the Public Health Accreditation Board's accreditation program and the Malcolm Baldrige Award for Excellence. This tool includes a description of both programs and crosswalks that illustrate how the two programs align. Use of the Baldrige criteria as an organizational self-assessment tool can facilitate a health department's pursuit of PHAB accreditation by serving as the foundation of the required performance management system and by informing aspects of strategic planning, customer satisfaction, quality improvement and workforce development. While not interchangeable, the PHAB and Baldrige programs are synergistic and both support an ongoing quest for exceptional performance.

PHAB to Host Learning Institute at APHA Conference
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will coordinate a Learning Institute entitled "Evaluating and Selecting Documentation for Accreditation Measures" (APHA session number 2012.0) in conjunction with the APHA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA*. The Institute will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, just prior to the opening general session of APHA's 140th Annual Meeting & Expo. This Learning Institute will provide the important knowledge base necessary for evaluating, creating, selecting and revising documentation that can be used to meet the requirements of accreditation standards. 

The Learning Institute provides three continuing education credits. The registration fee is $250 and enrollment will remain open through September 15. To register, please visit For more information about the Learning Institute as well as a list of presenters and topics, please click here. To contact APHA about enrollment or registration fees or payment methods, email or call APHA professional development coordinator Evangeline Savage at or 202-777-2523.

*Please note that you do not have to attend the conference to attend the Learning Institute.

Webinar Archive Available: Accreditation & Healthy People 2020   
In August 2012, NACCHO hosted a webinar where presenters discussed the connections between local health department accreditation preparation and Healthy People 2020 (HP2020). The webinar provided an overview of HP2020 from CDC staff, and featured representatives from local health departments with experience preparing for PHAB accreditation and incorporating Healthy People 2020 activities into their work. Visit NACCHO's Accreditation Preparation and Performance Improvement Webinar Series page to watch the archive and download related materials.
Model Practices 2013: Share What Works and Be Recognized! 
NACCHO will accept Model Practices applications Oct. 1 - Oct 31. Since 2003, NACCHOs Model Practices Program has honored and recognized outstanding local public health practices and shared these practices through the Model Practices Database. Share what works by submitting a practice, and contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based practice methods.

Be recognized for your LHD's success and for leading by example.  
2. Earn local and national recognition through press release templates and a spotlight in the 2013 fall issue of NACCHO Exchange.  
3. Receive a listing in NACCHO's online Model Practices Database.  
4. Receive a coveted award and public honors, and showcase a poster of your practice at the 2013 Grand Awards Ceremony and Reception during the NACCHO Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas July 10-12, 2013.  
5. Be eligible to receive a stipend to attend the 2013 NACCHO Annual conference. (The opportunity for a stipend is available only to dues-paying members.)

To submit a Model Practices application, visit For more information, contact the Model Practices team at NACCHO looks forward to receiving your applications!