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Quality Improvement and Accreditation: What Might It Look Like?

Bender, Kaye PhD, RN, FAAN; Halverson, Paul K. DrPH, MHSA, FACHE

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c2c7b8
The Future of Quality Improvement
Abstract

Following the 2006 release of the Exploring Accreditation Project report on the desirability and feasibility of establishing a national voluntary public health accreditation program, the Public Health Accreditation Board was established. Since that time, standards, measures, and an assessment process have been developed. Beta testing of the full accreditation cycle is underway. The Public Health Accreditation Board accreditation program relies heavily on quality improvement as its cornerstone. In this commentary, we describe how accreditation and quality improvement can operate together synergistically to strengthen public health practice and improve outcomes at the community level.

In Brief

This commentary describes how accreditation and quality improvement can operate together synergistically to strengthen public health practice and improve outcomes at the community level.

Author Information

Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, is President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, Virginia.

Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, MHSA, FACHE, is Director and State Health Officer, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock, Arkansas; and Chair, Board of Directors for the Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, Virginia.

Corresponding Author: Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, VA 22314 (kbender@phaboard.org).

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.