ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT: Research ReportState Health Agencies' Perceptions of the Benefits of AccreditationKittle, Alannah MPH; Liss-Levinson, Rivka PhDAuthor Information Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, Virginia. Correspondence: Alannah Kittle, MPH, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 2231 Crystal Dr, Ste 450, Arlington, VA 22202 ([email protected]). The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Profile of State and Territorial Public Health is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The authors thank Jessica Kronstadt at the Public Health Accreditation Board for her assistance in conceptualizing this brief and for her insightful comments on earlier versions of this work. The authors also thank Karl Ensign, Elizabeth Harper, Donna Marshall, and Leah Silva at ASTHO for reviewing this brief and for their helpful feedback.The authors declare no conflicts of interest.This publication was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, NU38OT000161, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.Support for this publication was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: May/June 2018 - Volume 24 - Issue - p S98-S101 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000719 Buy Metrics Abstract The national voluntary accreditation program serves to encourage health agencies to seek departmental accreditation as a mechanism for continuous quality improvement. This study utilizes data from the 2016 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Profile Survey to examine the perceived benefits of accreditation among state health agencies. Respondents answered questions on topics such as agency structure, workforce, and quality improvement activities. Frequencies and cross tabulations were conducted using IBM SPSS (version 21) statistical software. Results indicate that among accredited agencies, the most commonly endorsed benefits of accreditation include stimulating quality and performance improvement opportunities (95%), strengthening the culture of quality improvement (90%), and stimulating greater collaboration across departments/units within the agency (90%). Policy and practice implications, such as how these data can be used to promote accreditation within health agencies, as well as how accreditation strengthens governmental public health systems, are also discussed. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.