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 eleven health department to become accredited and many more have since applied or are in the process of applying to PHAB including the Kentucky Department for Public Health.