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Menu of state public health department accreditation laws

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      Public health department accreditation is the “measurement of health department performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidenced-based standards” and the “issuance of recognition of achievement of accreditation within a specified time frame by a nationally recognized entity.” The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is a nonprofit organization that established a national public health department accrediting process and standards for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. As of June 18, 2014, forty-four departments have received accreditation through PHAB, including six state health departments. At the state level, jurisdictions have also established an accreditation process for their local health departments independent of the PHAB accreditation process. This menu addresses state laws that reference health department accreditation and laws that reference funding of accreditation activities.

      This document was developed by Aila Hoss, J.D., Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow, with the assistance of Akshara Menon, J.D., M.P.H., and Matthew Penn, J.D., M.L.I.S., with the Public Health Law Program (PHLP) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.

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