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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

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: March/April 2010 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 134–139
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c6b69d
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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.

This article describes efforts to improve knowledge of and acceptance of the proposed voluntary health department accreditation program, put forth by the Public Health Accreditation Board, by conducting a group vetting session.

Angela T. Dearinger, MD, MPH, FAAP, is Assistant Professor of Health Services Management, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, and is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Martha Riddell, MPH, DrPH, is Assistant Professor of Health Services Management, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, is Peter Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Richard Ingram, MEd, is Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Alex Howard, MPH, is Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Shontreal Cooper, BS, is Research Assistant, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Corresponding Author: Angela T. Dearinger, MD, MPH, FAAP, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, University Health Services Bldg, Suite 356, 830 S Limestone St, Lexington, KY 40536 (angelatackett@uky.edu).

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