Public Health Accreditation

Voluntary national accreditation for public health departments is available through the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation documents the capacity of the public health department to deliver the three core functions of public health of assessment, policy development, and assurance and the Ten Essential Public Health Services - the range of public health services a department should provide.

In 2017, KDHE achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. For a comprehensive explanation of the process, visit the PHAB website.

Local Health Departments: We Can Help

KDHE provides support and technical assistance to local health departments preparing for accreditation. For more information, visit the Local Public Health Program page.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Professionals: National Voluntary Accreditation for Public Health Departments
    • Public health department accreditation tools and resources from the CDC and national partners (the American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Local Boards of Health, National Indian Health Board, Public Health Foundation, and National Network of Public Health Institutes) are available to assist in learning more about and being to prepare for accreditation.
  • National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)
    • A variety of tools and resources for public health professionals and other external stakeholders are available to inform and improve work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives. Resources for conducting Community Health Assessment (CHA), Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP), and accreditation readiness activities are found on this site. There is additional content that includes: 
      • Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement
      • CHA/CHIP for Accreditation Preparation Project
      • CHA/CHIP Resource Center
      • Performance Improvement.
  • National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI)
    • The Public Health Performance Improvement Network (phPIN) is a learning community and peer exchange network for those of you providing leadership in performance improvement in public health. Joining this community gives public health practitioners the chance to network, access just-in-time resources, and share emerging practices on accreditation and other performance improvement topics. Join today!