The Public Health Accreditation Board’s (PHAB’s) national voluntary accreditation program advances the quality and performance of public health departments. The accreditation program measures health department performance against nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidence-based standards. It documents the capacity of health departments to deliver the three core functions of public health and the Ten Essential Public Health Services.
“Role of Environmental Health Programs in Public Health Accreditation” is a new NACCHO fact sheet that examines the important contribution of environmental health to the accreditation process. NACCHO interviewed local health departments to learn about the steps they take and what types of environmental public health (EHP) documentation they use in their accreditation process. Interviews were conducted with the goal of:
- Gathering information about how health departments perceive the connection between EPH programs and public health accreditation;
- Understanding issues, successes, and challenges that local EPH programs have in contributing to the accreditation process; and
- Identifying potential best practices and technical assistance needs to support local EPH programs in contributing to the accreditation process.
Download the fact sheet to read about the study and the results in full.