The Alabama Department of Public Health is seeking accreditation as a state health department. National public health department accreditation is a process to measure our health departmentís performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidence-based standards. Accreditation requires an on-going commitment to performance management and quality improvement. Our goal is to complete our application for accreditation by August 2016.
Achieving accreditation demonstrates accountability and credibility with our partners, stakeholders and funding sources. As a result, our citizens can expect the same quality of public health programs and services in Alabama that they would receive in any other state.
The accreditation process provides valuable feedback to our department about our strengths and opportunities for improvement and lays the foundation for defining and strengthening the role of public health in a changing health care system. The recognition that comes with meeting accreditation standards positively impacts staff morale, energizes and strengthens our workforce, enhances the visibility of the health department in the community, and enables us to potentially gain access to new funding sources.
Community partners, stakeholders, and tribal organizations can help. Visit Partners for more information.