Assessing legal structures supporting public health agency accreditation

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy-makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This grant support to the North Carolina Institute for Public Health will include both a mapping study and a mechanism study to evaluate laws and legal structures and their relationship to accreditation. The mapping study will assess the status of accreditation laws, policies and regulations in 20 states that have been identified as having or making progress towards accreditation. Next, a mechanism study involving process tracing in six case study states, will examine how and why states developed, adopted, and implemented a particular legal structure. The mechanism study also will utilize the conceptual framework of public health system and services research to explore the impact that legal structure has on the organizational capacity, functions, and outputs of resulting accreditation programs. Deliverables for this project include a legal supplement to The Accreditation Road Map, a tool aimed at assisting states in the creation of a successful accreditation program. The legal supplement will be disseminated electronically to all study participants, states participating in the Multistate Learning Collaborative, and others to guide agency accreditation activities.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,996.00

Awarded on: 11/4/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67142


North Carolina Institute for Public Health

CB 8165
Chapel Hill, 27599-8165


Edward L. Baker
Project Director


Gene Wiley Matthews
Project Director