Public Health Accreditation

The Rhode Island Department of Health is working to achieve accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. In September of 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board launched a national performance recognition program designed for public health agencies throughout the United States. The goal is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued grants to help public health agencies meet accreditation standards. The accreditation standards are based on the 10 Essential Services of Public Health, the guiding framework in the United States for the responsibilities of local public health systems.

The Rhode Island Department of Health estimates that achieving public health accreditation can take one to three years. The application process involves the submission of application materials such as a statewide Health Assessment, Strategic Plan, and Health Improvement Plan, and ongoing quality improvement initiatives. The Public Health Accreditation Board certification can be renewed every five years, and will require an annual report of quality improvement activities. (more)

What you should know

The Rhode Island Department of Health coordinates all public health activities and services throughout the state. Various programs, divisions and centers at the department work with the general public, healthcare providers, hospitals, community partners, schools, local, state, and federal offices and agencies, as well as the media, to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.

In late 2011, the Department of Health began working toward achieving accreditation through the new Public Health Accreditation Board certification program.

What You Can Do

The development of the statewide Health Assessment and Health Improvement Plan will directly involve community input.

If you would like your organization to be more involved in commenting on health matters critical to your community or to all Rhode Islanders, please contact us.