A Review of the Public Health Agency Accreditation Literature Part II

McCullough, Debra; Fenton, Mary; 2
September 2011
Texas Public Health Journal;Fall2011, Vol. 63 Issue 4, p6
Academic Journal
The journey toward public health agency accreditation in the United States began with the 1988 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study for The Future of Public Health. In 2010, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) completed the beta test on the voluntary national public health accreditation program. Part 1 of this series summarizes the history of the development of the public health accreditation process in the United States. Part II examines public health agency accreditation pros and cons and reviews the quantitative and qualitative research and quality improvement data to answer the questions: "To what extent does voluntary public health accreditation improve quality, outcomes, and service operations?" and "Can the public health accreditation standards apply equally to both large urban and small rural local health departments?" The authors determined the literature provided some degree of quantitative, qualitative and quality improvement evidence that accreditation can improve quality, outcomes, and service operations. However, there was limited evidence that small local health departments will be able to meet the same accreditation standards as large urban health departments without some accommodations.


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