Home Current Issue Previous Issues Published Ahead-of-Print Collections For Authors Journal Info
Skip Navigation LinksHome > March/April 2010 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 > Improving Knowledge of Public Health Accreditation Through a...
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c6b69d
Article

Improving Knowledge of Public Health Accreditation Through a Group Vetting Session of a Practice‐Based Research Network

Dearinger, Angela T. MD, MPH, FAAP; Riddell, Martha MPH, DrPH; Scutchfield, F. Douglas MD; Ingram, Richard MEd; Howard, Alex MPH; Cooper, Shontreal BS

Collapse Box

Abstract

This article describes efforts to improve knowledge of and acceptance of the proposed voluntary health department accreditation program, put forth by Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), by conducting a group vetting session. The vetting session closely followed the PHAB guidelines, and participants received pre- and postvetting surveys to gauge their knowledge of the accreditation standards and related items and their perception of the utility of the standards and the ability of their agencies to meet the standards. Respondents reported that the vetting session did improve their knowledge and understanding of the standards (increase in mean score from 3.6 to 4.4). In addition, respondents had overwhelmingly favorable responses to the draft standards (28 of 31 received positive responses from more than 85% of participants). This suggests that conducting group vetting sessions may be an effective way to increase awareness of the PHAB standards and may help prepare local health agencies for the accreditation process.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

Login

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.