Sixteen More Health Departments Awarded PHAB Accreditation: Cherokee Nation First Tribal Public Health Department to Achieve Designation
In keeping with their mission to improve the conditions in which their communities can be healthy, another 16 governmental public health departments have achieved five-year accreditation through PHAB. With the August decisions, the transformational benefits of being served by a PHAB-accredited health department now reach more than 170 million people, or 55 percent of the U.S. population. The announcement also heralds the attainment of another historic mile marker with the accreditation of the first Tribal public health department in the nation.
"PHAB is honored to award national accreditation to the Cherokee Nation -- the first Tribal health department in the country to achieve this designation," said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender. "Cherokee Nation has set an outstanding example for other Tribes across the country in achieving national public health department accreditation. Their commitment to the members of their Tribes and the people they serve is well-represented by their hard work."
PHAB awarded five-year accreditation status on August 17, 2016 to:
* Benton-Franklin Health District, Kennewick, Washington
* Bloomington Public Health/Public Health Alliance of Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield;
* Cherokee Nation Health Services, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
* Dakota County Public Health Department, West St. Paul, Minnesota
* Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments, Lawrenceville, Georgia
* La Crosse County Health Department, La Crosse, Wisconsin
* Lake County General Health District, Painesville, Ohio
* Lorain County General Health District, Elyria, Ohio
* Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, Louisville, Kentucky
* Minneapolis Health Department, Minneapolis, Minnesota
* Mohave County Department of Public Health, Kingman, Arizona
* Portland Public Health Division, Portland, Maine
* Prince William Health District, Manassas, Virginia
* Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, St. Paul, Minnesota
* Waushara County Health Department, Wautoma, Wisconsin
* Williamson County and Cities Health District, Georgetown, TexasRead the full press release here
Final Reaccreditation Requirements to be Released in Early 2017
Staff of Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services in Austin, Texas, gathered in August to celebrate the department's May 2016 accreditation.
PHAB is fully engaged in designing the national public health department reaccreditation process. As with all of PHAB's developmental endeavors, we are implementing a developmental process that involves engaging experts from the field and vetting proposals with the entire public health community.
As noted in previous PHAB newsletters, the requirements for reaccreditation will not be the same as initial accreditation requirements. PHAB's intention is that reaccreditation encourages health departments to become increasingly effective at improving the health status of the population. The reaccreditation Domains and Standards are the same as those for initial accreditation. The Measures and Required Documentation, however, were significantly revised. The proposed Measures and Required Documentation were released for public comment in July and PHAB received nearly 500 individual comments. Each comment will be individually reviewed and considered by a group of experts in order to develop the final set of requirements that will be submitted to the PHAB Board of Directors.
Health departments seeking reaccreditation will also be asked to report on a selection of community health status outcome indicators. A set of outcome indicators will be provided from which health departments will select a subset for reporting. PHAB envisions that this section will be a combination of a checklist menu (similar to the programs and services menu that health departments completed in their initial accreditation application), as well as data on progress, similar to what health departments have provided in their annual reports. The outcome indicator reports will not impact on the status of reaccreditation.
A final set of reaccreditation requirements will be adopted by the PHAB Board of Directors during its December 2016 meeting. Reaccreditation requirements will be released to the field in early 2017. The development of the e-PHAB reaccreditation module will take place during the first half of 2017. e-PHAB will be available for the first group of accredited health departments up for reaccreditation to upload required documents beginning in the second half of 2017.
Applications for reaccreditation are due for the first group of accredited health departments in the first quarter of 2018. However, PHAB will allow an extra calendar quarter for applications for the first group of accredited health departments to provide sufficient time for documentation preparation. Save the Date: PHAB to Host Documentation Webinar in October
Mark your calendars! The Public Health Accreditation Board will host an accreditation webinar on October 20, 2016 from 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time. Titled "Creating and Presenting Your Documentation: Tips for Success," you'll learn how to optimize your documentation to help your health department succeed in the accreditation process through 3 first-hand perspectives: a PHAB Accreditation Specialist, a PHAB site visitor, and a recently accredited health department. Keep an eye on PHAB's website for registration information. For more information, contact Shirley Orr.
Think Tank Continues to Explore an Accreditation Pathway Product for Small Health Departments
PHAB's Think Tank participants for the exploration of an accreditation pathway product for health departments serving a population of fewer than 50,000 people and/or who have 10 or fewer full-time employees have been busy over the summer. The group has held three teleconferences to review all 12 of the PHAB Domains as well as the foundational public health capabilities language in an effort to determine which components most accurately align with the work of smaller health departments. They met in person on September 14-15, 2016 to put some early concepts together that can then be shared for broader input. Stay tuned to the PHAB website and to upcoming sessions at the COPPHI Open Forum and at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting to hear more about this project.
PHAB's Small Health Department Think Tank brought representatives from around the nation to Alexandria, Virginia, in September to continue the exploration of an accreditation pathway product for health departments serving fewer than 50,000 people and/or who have 10 or fewer full-time employees.
PHAB Participates in National Tribal Forum Conference
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and Red Star International partnered in August to present a conference titled "National Tribal Forum for Excellence in Community Health Practice" in Spokane, Washington. PHAB was pleased to participate in the August 30-31 event, which drew about 140 participants, including representatives from 30 Tribes and 24 states, as well as a number of national partner organizations. PHAB's participation included a training session on accreditation conducted by PHAB Education Specialist David Stone. Dr. Kaye Bender served on an accreditation panel, and PHAB also led a roundtable discussion. PHAB is so pleased to see the progress that Tribes are making in their work toward accreditation.
PHAB Board Member Joe Finkbonner, left, Executive Director of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and PHAB's Kaye Bender pause for a photo with representatives of Cherokee Nation Health Services during the National Tribal Forum for Excellence in Community Health Practice in Spokane, Washington, in August.
MMWR Report Shines Spotlight on the Benefits of Accreditation
PHAB Education Specialist David Stone, third from left, standing, led a training session on accreditation at the National Tribal Forum for Excellence in Community Health Practice in Spokane, Washington, in August.
A report published in the August 12 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
shines a spotlight on the benefits of accreditation. Titled "Evaluating the Impact of National Public Health Department Accreditation -- United States, 2016," the report presents findings from a survey of accredited health departments conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Among the 52 health departments that responded to the survey one year after they were accredited, 90% or more agreed or strongly agreed that accreditation:
- stimulated quality and performance improvement opportunities within the health department (98%);
- allowed the health department to better identify strengths and weaknesses (96%);
- helped the health department document capacity to deliver the three core functions of public health (i.e., assessment, policy development, and assurance) and the 10 Essential Public Health Services (94%);
- stimulated greater accountability and transparency within the health department (92%); and
- improved the management processes used by the leadership team in the health department (90%).
In addition, 92% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that because of accreditation, the health department had a strong quality improvement culture. The full report, co-authored by Jessica Kronstadt, Michael Meit, Alexa Siegfried, Teddi Nicolaus, Kaye Bender, and Liza Corso, is available here
. Studies like this are part of PHAB's ongoing efforts to better understand the impact of accreditation. Click here
to read more about PHAB's work in research and evaluation, or contact PHAB Director of Research and Evaluation Jessica Kronstadt.
Draft Accreditation Standards for Vital Records and Health Statistics Released at NAPHSIS
PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender joined Glenn Copeland and Christie Spice at the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 15, to discuss the results of the alpha test of the draft accreditation standards for vital records and health statistics at the state level. Building on the standards created by NAPHSIS, a work group of vital registrars developed the draft standards that were alpha tested in Washington, California, Florida, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia from January-March 2016. The alpha test provided strong support for the standards, with a few suggestions for edits going forward. Pending funding for the next phase, PHAB and NAPHSIS will work toward completing the revisions, a process description and plans for a beta test. Stay tuned to PHAB's newsletter for updates on this important project.Training Centers Gain Skills to Help Health Departments Prepare for Accreditation
On August 1-2, 18 people came to PHAB to attend a workshop titled "Facilitating Success: Providing Assistance to PHAB Applicants." Sponsored in partnership with the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training at NNPHI, for the Public Health Training Centers, the event focused on how the training centers can help health departments as they prepare for accreditation. The workshop provided overviews of the basics of accreditation -- getting started, the process and documentation. The sessions then took a deeper dive into two areas: plans and systems, looking at requirements and alignment, and a review of Domains 8 and 9, looking at requirements and how applicants can be assisted as they prepare documentation to meet the measures. Participants left with guidance on how the training centers can provide training and technical assistance to health departments in preparing for or maintaining accreditation.
New Tip Sheet Clarifies Processes and Procedures Related to Major Organizational Changes
Public Health Training Centers workshop participants received guidance on how the training centers can provide training and technical assistance to health departments in preparing for or maintaining accreditation.
PHAB has posted a new tip sheet
for local health departments who are considering or planning major organizational changes, such as shared services and mergers. Changes in the organization during or after accreditation may or may not impact the accreditation status of the health department(s). This tip sheet provides clarification of PHAB policies and procedures related to organizational changes in an effort to inform health departments early in their planning process.
Since most situations will be unique for a particular health department, PHAB encourages health departments to contact PHAB to arrange consultation about the potential effect of organizational changes on accreditation status or accreditation planning. The PHAB primary staff contact for this consultation is PHAB Chief Program Officer Robin Wilcox
What's New With PHAB's Applicant Learning Event?
PHAB continually revises its in-person Applicant Learning Event based on feedback from participants. For example, training is continually updated to reflect experiences gained from site visits and annual reports. Additionally, once the requirements for reaccreditation are finalized, a summary will be incorporated into the training.
Learning event participants will also be seeing a new face at these events. PHAB is pleased to announce that Shirley Orr, MHS, APRN, NEA-BC, has joined PHAB on a consulting basis to help develop PHAB's educational services. Ms. Orr is working with PHAB in several capacities. As a lecturer for in-person trainings, she will lead sessions on documentation and case studies. She is also working to help PHAB develop webinars and education modules.
All new Accreditation Coordinators are required to attend PHAB's in-person Applicant Learning Event after their health department has submitted its application. Once the invoice is paid, the Accreditation Coordinator will be invited to attend the next training. All in-person Applicant Learning Events are held at PHAB's Alexandria, Virginia, Learning Center. Information on registering for the training will be sent by email to applicants eligible for the training. The training calendar can be found on PHAB's website.
National Conferences Fill PHAB's Summer Calendar
From coast to coast, it's been a busy summer for PHAB's outreach team. Three national organizations -- the national Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) -- held their annual meetings in July and August, and PHAB was on hand to share information about public health department accreditation.
Conference highlights included the presentation of the Local Health Department of the Year Award to the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department (medium jurisdiction category). Dr. Rex Archer, Director of the Kansas City Health Department, is a member of PHAB's Board of Directors. The Local Health Department of the Year Award honors the outstanding accomplishments of local health departments for their innovation, creativity and impact on their communities. Also during the 2016 NACCHO Annual Conference, Patrick Libbey, Co-Director of the Center for Sharing Public Health Services in Olympia, Washington, received the Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award. PHAB congratulates Mr. Libbey, who served on PHAB's Board of Incorporators.
PHAB's Online Store Expands to Include Plaque Sales
NALBOH members whose work is associated with a PHAB-accredited health department joined for a group photo at NALBOH's Annual Conference August 12, 2016, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Since opening its virtual doors in September 2015, PHAB's online store
has fulfilled dozens of orders for copies of PHAB's Standards and Measures and other publications. This week, PHAB is pleased to announce that the online store's product line has expanded to include sales of duplicate accreditation recognition plaques and certificates. Upon becoming accredited, every newly accredited health department receives a complimentary custom-made plaque. Accredited health departments that wish to order additional plaques and certificates to display in other locations around the health department can now place their orders directly through the store with the click of a mouse. The store, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has greatly improved the process by which PHAB fulfills the increasing number of orders for its growing product line.The store
will grow over time to include other new products, such as branded apparel, gift items and banners. Accreditation Works!
If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to check out the three new "Accreditation Works!" features on PHAB's home page:
* PHAB Accreditation has Become a Road Map for Change at Clinton County Health Department, by Margaret C. Searing
* PHAB's CHA and CHIP Standards Strengthen DuPage County Health Department's Commitment to "Impact DuPage," by Mary E. Kirk
* In Richmond, Kentucky, PHAB Accreditation Fosters Monthly Domain and Strategic Planning Reviews, by Rebecca Murphy Colligan
To support "Acceditation Works," every PHAB-accredited health department is invited to contribute a 300-to-600-word narrative describing how their health department has changed as a result of going through the accreditation process. Collectively, these stories serve as first-hand testimonies of how PHAB accreditation benefits health departments and their communities. Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the words "Accreditation Works" in the "subject" line.
"Accreditation Works!" articles are also archived collectively online
. PHAB thanks the many health departments that have contributed to this feature by sharing their experiences and thereby demonstrating their commitment to excellence in serving their communities.
PHAB Works to Enhance Accreditation for U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States
PHAB has contracted with Cindy Hoepner, CQIA, CPHQ, CQMOE, as our Territorial/Freely Associated States Accreditation/QI Consultant. Cindy oversees Quality and Safety and Risk Management for a non-profit healthcare organization in Minnesota. Prior to her current role, she led the Corporate Quality and Performance Management Department at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in the Northern Mariana Islands as the Director and Performance Improvement Manager for CDC's National Public Health Improvement Initiative, along with several years in the clinical research field. She is experienced in managing and driving Quality Management Practices, CMS Hospital Certification, Joint Commission accreditation, and public health accreditation. Because of her expertise and background, we are so pleased that she can spend some of her time with us so that we can better serve the Territories and Freely Associated States who are working on accreditation. At the present time, she is working with PHAB to help us get a better understanding of the documentation issues and barriers for the Territories and Freely Associated States. It is our goal to publish a supplement to the PHAB Accreditation Standards and Measures that will have specific guidance and examples that are relevant to the Territories and Freely Associated States. We have identified this need from speaking with some of the Performance Managers in those areas, as well as in speaking with Cindy about her own experience. Stay tuned for regular updates on this project.Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI): News and Notes
The staff of the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) have been busy supporting our Learning Community, developing resources related to the alignment of national initiatives, including the foundational public health service
s and accreditation (see below!), presenting at national and state-based conferences around the country, and planning our next phase of work. This next phase will look noticeably different from what we originally envisioned, as we took a step back to truly consider what is meant by "innovation" in regard to public health practice. Rather than releasing a Call for Proposals to grow our Learning Community this summer, we have taken this time instead to plan an Innovations Think Tank for the fall.
Taking place in November, with a cadre of experts in innovation in other sectors (including government, healthcare, technology and public health) and public health practitioners, PHNCI will produce a definition and develop a road map of associated benchmarks that health departments can use to foster innovation. This will set the stage for our future work at the national level and with the field. Stay tuned for the innovations definition in winter 2017 and reach out to let us know about your innovations.
PHNCI has developed a new publication titled "Aligning Accreditation and the Foundational Public Health Capabilities,"
which explains the alignment between version 1.5 of the accreditation standards and measures and version 1.0 of the foundational capabilities, part of the foundational public health services framework. As outlined within the document, the significant alignment between the two is displayed in a tabular format: the first table provides a high-level overview of the alignments, while the second table provides detailed connections among the elements of each foundational capability. Collectively, the tables reflect how an accredited health department embodies the foundational capabilities. PHNCI encourages broad dissemination of this new resource, and hopes this document is useful for health departments' work around the foundational public health services. Visit www.phnci.org
to learn more about the foundational public health services framework and the health departments working toward implementing them at the state and local level."Fall into Learning" Webinar Series with PHNCI
PHNCI is pleased to announce the "Fall into Learning" Webinar Series. From October through December, PHNCI will offer monthly webinars to provide the public health field with information on emerging trends and strategies to advance innovations in practice. Please join us for one, or all, of these exciting learning events. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will close once capacity is reached. Register today to reserve your space and gain insights and tools to foster innovation! Modernizing Public Health Using the Foundational Public Health Services
October 18, 2016: 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. ET
In response to the 2012 Institute of Medicine report titled For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future,
the foundational public health services model was developed as a set of public health services that must be made available in all communities and for which costs could be estimated. Join PHNCI, the current leader for this body of work, as we describe the model, its relevance to the field, and alignment with accreditation. The webinar will also explore how Washington state is using this model to assess and modernize their governmental public health system and make the case for sustainable funding.
* Kaye Bender, President and CEO, PHAB
* Jessica Solomon Fisher, Chief Innovations Officer, PHNCI
* Marie Flake, Special Projects/Foundational Public Health Services, Washington State Department of Health
Register online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6685862304958334724
. Transforming Public Health through Collaboration with Health Care
November 14, 2016: 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. ET
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on public health departments working across sectors, to improve communities. As limited funds continue to shrink and community needs evolve, public health and health care can enjoy mutually beneficial relationships to improve health and well-being. Whether for controlling costs, improving health outcomes, or contributing to a healthy workforce, each sector has an interest in being both effective and efficient. Join PHNCI for commentary on the importance of this collaboration and learn about two national initiatives -- the State Health Values and Strategies program and the newly launched Digital Bridge project -- aimed at improving population health through reforming the delivery of health care services and exchanging information between sectors.
* Paul Kuehnert, Assistant Vice President for Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
* Heather Howard, Program Director for State Health and Value Strategies, Princeton University
* Jim Jellison, Interim Director of Practice Support, Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII)
* Vivian Singletary, Director, Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII)
Register online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5322633912771923716
. Applying a Health Equity Lens to Public Health Practice
December 12, 2016: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Increasingly, health departments are serving as leaders in communities to address the root causes of health inequities. This requires changing systems and policies, and working with non-traditional partners to ensure that all people have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Join PHNCI as we explore the stories of two health departments working to transform communities such that ZIP codes do not dictate health outcomes.
* Jeanne Ayers, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
* Jennifer Hadayia, Senior Policy Planner/Health Equity Coordinator, Harris County Public Health (TX)
* Umair Shah, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health (TX)
Register online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5993803298157139460