Advancing accreditation preparation for large metropolitan health departments

The Foundation's initiative, Advancing Accreditation in Large Jurisdictions, was designed to supply financial and technical assistance to big cities and states to catalyze application to the Public Health Accreditation Board for accreditation of their public health agencies.This project will enable the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to accelerate the readiness of public health agencies in five big cities and large metropolitan areas (hereafter referred to as "big cities") to apply to the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for accreditation and to do so before November 2014. NACCHO will: (1) manage an advisory committee in selecting the five big-city agencies from among cities and metropolitan areas with the largest populations in the nation; (2) assist in determining the needs of each agency and the resources already available; and (3) guide the agencies in applying for direct funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the application process. After selection of the sites, NACCHO will provide: (1) customized coaching to the agencies; (2) technical assistance and connection to resources from multiple sites; and (3) a learning community with regular conference calls, webinars, shared online sites, and newsletters to promote exchange between the sites and other big cities. Additional deliverables will include syntheses of best practices for overcoming challenges unique to big cities in achieving accreditation, based on the experiences of the five selected sites and other big cities. NACCHO will make these lessons widely available to big cities and smaller jurisdictions. These examples of big-city public health agencies' applications for national accreditation will pave the way for other agencies to pursue and achieve that goal.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $375,000.00

Awarded on: 11/16/2012

Time frame: 12/1/2012 - 12/31/2014

Grant Number: 70441


National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

1100 17th Street, N.W., 7th Floor
Washington, 20036-4636


Jessica Solomon-Fisher
Project Director