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Impact of Accreditation Highlighted in Special JPHMP Supplement

Sunday, April 1, 2018  
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Special Supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice Highlights

the Impact of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s National Accreditation Program

Supplement Offered With Free Access on JPHMP Website

As the number of nationally accredited governmental public health departments increases, so too does the evidence base related to the impact of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s (PHAB) national accreditation program on public health. With nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population now served by a nationally accredited health department, the breadth of accreditation’s impact is captured in a special supplement to the May/June 2018 edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Thanks in part to funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the online edition of the special supplement is being offered with free access on the Journal’s website.

The supplement is organized into four sections, each featuring scientific articles, commentaries, and case studies that share the experiences of accredited health departments in the areas of quality improvement and performance management, partnerships, administration and management, and future directions. Unlike past special issues that focused on the background and early evolution of accreditation, the 2018 issue includes analyses of several data sources to highlight differences between accredited and non-accredited health departments. For example, an analysis of data from 2010-2016 suggests accredited local health departments have made substantial progress in incorporating quality improvement in their operations, compared to local health departments that have not yet begun the formal accreditation process. In addition, findings from a survey of employees at local health departments reveal that those working in accredited health departments experienced higher job satisfaction levels.

Visit the Journal’s website to learn more about these studies, as well as articles about the Culture of Health, strategic planning, and community health assessments and improvement plans, among other topics. Support for this Journal supplement was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed in the supplement do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation. For more information, contact Teddi Nicolaus at (703) 778-4549, ext. 118, or email