Public Health Accreditation
Many public service and health-related entities—such as hospitals, schools, and universities—have accreditation programs. Until recently, there was no national accreditation program for public health departments. Since September 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has recognized health departments that meet national standards that ensure they provide essential public health services in their communities.
Health departments report* that accreditation helps them:
- Better identify their strengths and weaknesses
- Document their capacity to deliver the core functions and 10 Essential Public Health Services
- Promote transparency
- Improve their management processes
- Stimulate quality improvement and performance management
- Increase their accountability to community members, stakeholders, and policymakers
- Improve their communication with the governing entity/board of health
- Be more competitive in funding opportunities
The goal of the voluntary national public health accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of Tribal, state local, and territorial public health departments.
The Monmouth County Regional Health Commission No. 1 (MCRHC) continues to work towards becoming an accredited health department. Since submitting our application to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), we have developed a strategic plan, workforce development plan and a quality improvement plan. The dedicated staff of the MCRHC is working hard to be a more efficient and effective health department.
* From PHAB annual evaluation data, 2017