The Iowa Department of Public Health received national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on November 20, 2018. The department has approached accreditation as an effort in quality improvement. The overall goal is to demonstrate ability to meet public health best practices as defined by the national standards and measures. The accreditation application process was led by cross-department teams who identified documentation that showed the department's ability to meet PHAB standards and measures. The department will apply for reaccreditation in early 2024.
Department leadership have identified several benefits of accreditation work including:
- the ability to hone in on specific opportunities to improve,
- providing a mechanism for important cross-department conversations,
- raising the importance of documenting our work,
- the embedding of workforce development, quality improvement, communication, performance management and health equity in our work.
For more information about national accreditation, visit www.phaboard.org.