This is the seventh Foundation award to support the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), which has now moved from development to operations. The accreditation program opened to applicants in September 2011 and is receiving applications from local, state, and tribal public health departments at more than twice the anticipated 25. During this grant period, health departments will undergo an external site review and be awarded national accreditation for the first time. Deliverables for the seventh phase will include: (1) accrediting the first qualified applicants by fall 2012; (2) implementing a formative evaluation plan to improve the application, review and recognition processes based on the first year of experience; (3) completing pilot tests of concurrent national and state-based accreditation of local health departments to streamline the application process in the two states with state-based programs; (4) achieving staff and site-visitor capacity and competency to handle the current 70 applicants in system and the projected minimum of 150 additional new applicants over this grant period; (5) conducting think tanks designed to engage specific program areas in public health or to determine how to review applications from specific types of health department organizational structures; (6) developing the PHAB Board of Directors; (7) building and implementing the PHAB marketing and communications strategy; (8) finalizing the business assessment of PHAB's operations; and (9) continuing to work with policymakers and funding agencies to develop and implement incentives for accreditation.
Amount Awarded $1,463,077.00
Awarded on: 5/16/2012
Time frame: 6/1/2012 - 6/30/2013
Grant Number: 69985