Online Program

Territorial health departments – how well do the phab standards & measures apply?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

David Stone, MS, CPLP, Educational Services, Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, VA
Jennifer Jimenez, Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, VA
Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, Department of Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA
Mark Durand, MD, MPH, Pacific Islands Health Officers Association, Honolulu, HI
The Public Health Accreditation Board launched National Public Health Department Accreditation in September 2011. While accreditation is awarded to Tribal, state, local and territorial health departments, no territories have applied for accreditation as of the submission of this abstract (February 6, 2013). One reason is the lack of standards awareness and questions about how the standards would apply to territorial health departments. In late 2012, PHAB began work with the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association (PIHOA) on a PHAB Standards & Measures Review and Public Health Accreditation Readiness Project with the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS). The objectives of the project were to develop an in-depth understanding of the public health essential services and the corresponding domains within the PHAB requirements. Other objectives were to identify gaps in PHAB-required infrastructure and documentation in order to advance the work of Guam DPHSS, and all other U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States, toward public health accreditation. Additional objectives were to review Public Health Accreditation Board Standards and Measures and provide recommendations to the Board regarding the applicability and any needed adjustments of PHAB Standards and Measures for territorial public health. This session will share the findings of this project discussing the gaps found for readiness in the Guam DPHSS and will identify measures that were found to be not applicable, or need modification, for the Pacific US Territories and Freely Associated States.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process used to engage the U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states in the PHAB accreditation program Discuss the infrastructure gaps in the health departments of the Pacific US Territories and Freely Associated States in conforming to Measure requirements Discuss possible changes to Standards and Measures language to improve applicability to the health departments of the Pacific US Territories and Freely Associated States

Keyword(s): Public Health Infrastructure, Accreditation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Bud Nicola is Acting Professor at University of Washington’s School of Public Health - Department of Health Services & Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. He retired in 08-2012, from 21 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finishing as Field Assignee to Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the UW School of Public Health. He is on the King County Board of Health and the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.