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What It Is

The national interest in accreditation and performance management of health departments is grounded in the desire to improve the performance of public health agencies and ultimately to improve health status. Accreditation and performance management emphasize quality improvement. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) encourages all Kentucky local health departments (LHDs) to pursue national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  Those LHDs not pursuing accreditation are encouraged to adopt the PHAB standards and measures as public health best practices.

PHAB is the nationally recognized organization that accredits state, local and tribal health departments. Three Kentucky LHDs were among the first 11 accredited health departments and many more since have applied or plan to apply to PHAB, including DPH.

Have a question related to accreditation, performance management, or quality improvement? Contact the state accreditation coordinator.

State Resources

A unique group of DPH employees including division directors, program managers and senior leadership currently are working on accreditation for DPH

To prepare, DPH employees should become familiar with the accreditation process and standards. 

Public Health Accreditation Board 
PHAB requires certain plans to be in place when applying for agency accreditation

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

ASTHO Accreditation and Performance Improvement Guide

Documentation