This collaborative grant provides funding to lay the groundwork for the establishment of a national accreditation system for local and state public health departments. There are two components of this project. The first is to support efforts of the planning committee for the Exploring Accreditation project consisting of representatives from the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of Local Boards of Health and the American Public Health Association to develop an implementation plan for a national accreditation system. Second, the project will develop technical assistance strategies and tools to assist small local health departments (LHDs) in preparing for accreditation, including support for regional arrangements that will enable LHDs to more efficiently and effectively provide public health services. Deliverables for this project are: (1) the development of an implementation plan for a national accreditation system; (2) the provision of technical assistance to help small LHDs meet accreditation standards; and (3) an economic evaluation to determine what cost efficiencies may be gained through regionalization efforts. Information, resources and expertise will be shared with local health officials and others across the country. This project is central to the Foundation's Public Health team's strategy to develop tools that drive the measurement and improvement of public health agency performance.
Amount Awarded $749,528.00
Awarded on: 11/13/2006
Time frame: 12/1/2006 - 12/31/2008
Grant Number: 58881
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