#1 - Accreditation Readiness Support for Health Departments and Support Organizations
This opportunity was available to all public health departments (state, local, territorial and tribal) as well as organizations that assist local and tribal health departments (e.g., state health departments, public health institutes, state associations of county and city health officials) to prepare for or undertake accreditation activities. Approximately 130 applications were received, illustrating heavy interest. Twelve awardees were identified to receive funding between $14,000 and $40,000 each:
Local Health Departments (LHDs)
1. Erie County Department of Health (PA)
Funded to create a workforce development plan, develop a performance management system, and implement at least one quality improvement process within the health department.
2. Madison County Health Department (KY)
Funded to update and complete the agency’s strategic plan, establish and maintain electronic documentation storage processes, and pay part of the PHAB application fees. The health department has applied for accreditation.
3. Missoula City-County Health Department (MT)
Funded to support the accreditation coordinator position and pay part of the PHAB application fees. The health department has applied for accreditation.
4. Public Health–Idaho North Central District (ID)
Funded to establish a formal quality improvement (QI) program with a written plan and a documentation process for QI activities, and train staff in core QI principles.
5. Oneida County Health Department (WI)
Funded to support staff time needed to finalize PHAB documentation requirements and update policies and procedures.
6. Worcester County Health Department (MD)
Funded to complete and publish the three PHAB prerequisites, complete documentation of compliance with PHAB standards, and increase staff competencies related to identifying PHAB documentation needs. The health department has applied for accreditation.
7. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (OR)
Funded to complete a departmental strategic plan and integrate it into the tribal health improvement plan; evaluate public health laws and develop a guide to assist staff and providers in understanding their roles and responsibilities in enforcement; and ensure that staff workforce competencies meet the needs of the community.
1. InterTribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
Funded to increase awareness about public health accreditation and the application process among tribes in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada; to develop a tribal-specific accreditation readiness tool for conducting a community health assessment; and to increase opportunities for tribal public health systems in Arizona to communicate and coordinate about public health accreditation.
2. Iowa Department of Public Health (supporting work of multiple LHDs)
Funded to conduct formative research to identify current practices of Iowa LHDs relating to their performance management systems, and provide technical assistance on how current activities may either be formalized or adjusted to meet PHAB standards. Findings will be used to inform the development of a performance management curriculum for all of Iowa’s LHDs.
3. Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH)
Funded to provide technical assistance and consulting services, focused on strategic planning and quality improvement, to five Missouri LHDs preparing for PHAB accreditation. The five LHDs include: two rural LHDs that are accredited by MICH, two rural LHDS not accredited by MICH, and one semi-metro LHD not accredited by MICH.
4. New York State Association of County Health Officials
Funded to provide technical assistance to facilitate and complete a strategic planning process in four model LHDs of different sizes and types. These strategic plans will serve as models for the other 54 LHDs in New York state served by this organization.
5. North Dakota State Association of City and County Health Officials
In a joint collaboration with the North Dakota department of health, funded to create a public health accreditation infrastructure serving 28 health departments; review PHAB standards and measures and familiarize LHDs with examples of acceptable documentation; support seven LHDs in developing a CHIP; and complete a performance improvement plan.