Introduction and PHAB Public Health Accreditation Overview
by Deputy Commissioner Lewis and Kristin Sullivan
by Joan Ascheim
- Allows public health agencies to engage in continuous quality improvement
- Furnishes measurable feedback on the agency's strengths and challenges
- Provides a "seal of approval" validating the agency's services to the public
- Raises the visibility of public health in the state
- Demonstrates accountability to taxpayers, funding sources, and elected officials
- Increases the agency's credibility to its constituents
- Within the agency
- Improves staff morale
- Increases understanding of roles and duties of staff in relation to the agency's mission and the delivery of essential public health services
Everyone in the Department of Public Health is involved in achieving accreditation. People from every program and division in DPH will be asked to submit documentation that will help the Accreditation Board decide the CT DPH is ready for national accreditation status.
Ensuring continuous quality improvement is part of everyone's job at any health department, especially at the state level where approximately 3.6 million people rely on an efficient and effective body of public health professionals.
1. Pre-Application: The health department prepares and assesses readiness for application for accreditation, completes the Online Orientation, and informs PHAB of its intent to apply.
2. Application: Health department submits application and fee, and completes applicant training.
3. Document Selection and Submission: Applicant selects documentation for each measure, uploads it to e-PHAB, and submits it to PHAB.
4. Site Visit: Site visit of the health department is conducted by PHAB-trained site visitors and a site visit report is developed.
5. Accreditation Decision: PHAB Accreditation Committee will review the site visit report and determine accreditation status of the health department.
6. Reports: If accredited, the health department submits annual reports.
7. Reaccreditation: As accreditation status nears expiration (every 5 years), the health department applies for reaccreditation.
How is the CT Department of Public Health being assessed?
PHAB evaluates health departments based on a series of standards structured around Public Health's 10 Essential Services and two additional principles that address administration, management, and governance. The 12 Domains are:
|Conduct and disseminate assessments focused on population health status and public health issues facing the community
|Investigate health problems and environmental public health hazards to protect the community
|Inform and educate about public health issues and functions
|Engage with the community to identify and address health problems
|Develop public health policies and plans
|Enforce Public Health Laws
|Promote strategies to improve access to health care
|Maintain a competent public health workforce
|Evaluate and continuously improve processes, programs, and interventions
|Contribute to and apply the evidence base of public health
|Maintain administrative and management capacity
|Maintain capacity to engage the public health governing entity
Curious about what the specific requirements are? Learn more about PHAB's Standards and Measures.
Where can evidence of conformity come from?
Documents that demonstrate the CT DPH's conformity from PHAB standards can come from a variety of areas within the agency. The general rule is that documents must demonstrate services that are within the core public health services under the ten Essential Public Health Services framework. For example, mental health, substance abuse, primary care, human services, and social services (including domestic violence) are not considered core public health services.
Some program funding provides support for both population public health and also personal health care services. Documentation related to the program's population public health activities is appropriate for PHAB documentation, while documentation related to the individual, personal, or clinical services provided by the same program, is not appropriate for PHAB documentation. Irrespective of the program (i.e. WIC, Ryan White, dental health), documentation of activities related to the provision of individual patient care or clinical services is not appropriate for PHAB documentation.
- Specific to required documentation guidelines
- Directly related to the core public health functions and ten essential services
- Include policies, procedures, plans, memos, reports, meeting agendas, webpage screenshots, social media communication
- Primary Care, Dental Clinics, Home Health
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- Domestic Violence Services and Social Services
- Licensure, certification, and Licensing for Professionals
- Emergency Medical Services
- Social Services, including WIC
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