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Thank you for subscribing to accreditNATION, NACCHO's periodic newsletter about accreditation, performance improvement, and more. Below is some recent news from the field. 


NACCHO Congratulates Newest Accredited Health Departments


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The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) congratulates the latest five local health departments that have received accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Each went through a rigorous assessment process to become accredited. The local health departments in this group are: Central Michigan District Health Department, Mount Pleasant, MI; Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL; El Paso County Public Health, Colorado Springs, CO; Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kansas City, MO; and Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, OK. 

The decisions bring the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 19. For more information, click here.
Register Now: Upcoming Webinar: Using NACCHO's Resources for Performance Improvement
ComputerThe next webinar in NACCHO's Accreditation Preparation and Performance Improvement Series is entitled "Using NACCHO's Resources for Performance Improvement" and will take place on Thursday September 26th at 12PM ET. NACCHO has developed valuable resources to help local health departments conduct performance improvement activities including accreditation preparation, community health improvement planning, and quality improvement. This webinar will provide an interactive demonstration of several resources from staff. Additionally, staff from the New Orleans Heath Department (LA) will explain how they use several of the tools in their work. Participants will not only learn how to find these helpful and FREE resources, but will also hear how they have been practically used in the field. 

The following resources will be demonstrated on this webinar:
  • Roadmap to a Culture of Quality Improvement
  • MAPP Clearinghouse
  • Example Documentation Library
  • CHA/CHIP Resource Center
  • MAPP Network
  • Documentation Selection Tools
  • Electronic training modules for local governing entities
  • Strategic Planning Guide
  • More!

This webinar is free and open to all, but space is limited, so register today!


NACCHO Exchange: Public Health Law

NE Law Be sure to pick up the Summer 2013 issue of NACCHO Exchange to learn more about important topics in Public Health Law. This issue includes national-level information and local examples of using law to benefit public health practice and contains an article written by Kaye Bender, PHAB, and Les Beitsch, FSU College of Medicine and Vice Chair of the PHAB Board, about the role of public health law in accreditation. Other topics in this issue include information about federal lobbying restrictions, administrative preparedness, reduction of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, immunization programs, use of zoning laws to promote health equity, and opioid prescribing guidelines. You can download the issue (free for members; $4.95 for non-members) by clicking here

New Opportunity for Quality Improvement Support: A Call for Proposals for the COPPHI Kaizen Event Program
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), in partnership with Continual Impact, LLC, is pleased to announce a new Call for Proposals for the Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement (COPPHI) Kaizen Event Program.

Selected health departments will receive training in quality improvement and kaizen event methodology for rapid improvement in public health. In addition, those selected will have a QI coach to co-lead a kaizen event at their health department. State, tribal, local and territorial health departments are eligible to apply. Applicants will need to propose a specific QI project applicable to the kaizen event methodology and commit the necessary time and resources. Proposals are due by 3:00pm ET on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. An optional, informational web conference will be held on September 10, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET. Registration is required (see link below). 
Visit to access more information and the application. 
NACCHO's Workforce Resource Center
NACCHO's Workforce Resource Center serves as a hub for local health departments to access information and tools on topics relevant to the development of a more competent workforce. This new resource center offers tools and resources on a variety of topics that impact public health practitioners. One section of the resource center specifically focuses on workforce-oriented requirements for accreditation and includes information about which standards and measures relate to workforce as well as example documentation.