Health Department Accreditation

Local health department accreditation and performance management is proven to improve the quality of service delivery and the health status of populations served.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) encourages local health departments (LHDs) to pursue national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). LHDs not pursuing accreditation are encouraged to adopt PHAB standards and measures as public health best practices.

Three Kentucky LHDs were among the first 11 accredited health departments in the U.S. and many more since have applied or plan to apply to for accreditation, including DPH.

For more information about accreditation, performance management or quality improvement contact the state accreditation coordinator.

State Resources

In preparation for accreditation application, DPH staff should be familiar with the accreditation process and standards. 

More information about DPH plans:
Association of State and Territorial Health Officers provides tools and technical support to its members pursuing accreditation.

ASTHO Accreditation and Performance Improvement Guide

Assessments and Surveys

Kentucky State Health Assessment

LHD Resources

Subscribe to the PHAB newsletter for the latest news and events straight to your inbox.

National Association of City and County Health Officials provides tools and resources for county health departments interested in accreditation preparation and quality improvement. Sign up for NACCHO accreditNATION e-newsletter.

Useful links from NACCHO

NACCHO Toolbox (Accreditation and quality Improvement tools)

Accreditation Webcasts

National Public Health Performance Standards Program, organized around the 10 Essential Public Health Services, helps state and local health departments identify activities to recognize strengths and opportunities for improvement which will be valuable in preparing for accreditation.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) - Activities completed through the MAPP process for community-driven strategic planning help demonstrate health departments meet Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department  standards. Accreditation standards and measures for local health departments are based, in part, on this operation definition.

Local health department accreditation coordinators meet after the KHDA meeting on the third Tuesday of every month from 2-4 p.m.

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