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Public Health Improvement and Accreditation

Interest in initiatives that focus on public health improvement is increasing. This includes support for accreditation of public health departments, administered by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) External Web Site Icon. Interest in public health improvement is also shown by increasing expectations that health departments should use evidence-based programs, services, and policies such as those included in The Community Guide.

The Community Guide – Public Health Accreditation Board Crosswalk

Cover of the Public Health Accreditation Board Crosswalk report

A Crosswalk between Recommendations from The Community Guide and Health Department Accreditation Standards of the Public Health Accreditation Board is a tool to assist health departments in identifying evidence-based interventions from The Community Guide whose implementation could help document conformity with PHAB domains, standards, and measures. The PHAB Standards and Measures Adobe PDF File [PDF - 1.79 MB] External Web Site Icon document serves as the official standards, measures, required documentation, and guidance blueprint for national public health department accreditation. The document encourages, and sometimes requires, the use of evidence-based approaches in public health, given their importance in helping health departments achieve their public health goals.

The Crosswalk provides two tables that match PHAB measures and required documentation with evidence-based interventions from The Community Guide. It is important to read the instructions included in the Crosswalk to ensure that you use the tables in ways that can provide adequate documentation for PHAB.

  • Table 1 cross-references PHAB domains, standards, and measures with related interventions from The Community Guide that could help provide documentation for accreditation.
  • Table 2 may help accreditation preparation staff to engage with program staff that may be unfamiliar with PHAB. The table is searchable by Community Guide topic area, identifying the PHAB measures that relate to each of the evidence-based interventions within the Community Guide topic.

The Crosswalk will be updated on a regular basis to ensure that it reflects new and updated Task Force findings as well as modifications to PHAB domains, standards, and measures.

Publications

Mercer SL, Banks SM, Verma P, Fisher JS, Corso LC, Carlson V. Guiding the way to public health improvement: exploring the connections between The Community Guide's evidence-based interventions and health department accreditation standards. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice 2014;20(1):104-10.

More About Public Health Improvement and Accreditation

CDC's State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Professionals Gateway External Web Site Icon

Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange External Web Site Icon

Developed collaboratively by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Community Guide Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Analysis, and Library Services, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services; and the Division of Public Health Performance Improvement, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support) under funding announcement CDC-RFA-HM08-805301SUPP10.

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