Dear Friends of PHAB,

Another year has passed and a new one is about to dawn! As we stand at the threshold of 2017, there is much to celebrate and much to look forward to. The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) was incorporated in 2007, and we look forward to celebrating our 10th birthday during the coming year. In the decade since PHAB was incorporated we established our Board of Directors, set up our office, developed and tested standards and measures, and launched the national accreditation program. As of today, 162 health departments plus one statewide integrated local public health department system have achieved national accreditation status through PHAB, and an almost identical number have begun the formal process of pursuing accreditation. We are pleased to report that 56 percent of the U.S. population -- more than 173 million people -- are now served by health departments that meet PHAB's rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services to their communities.
 
A new year is a time of unfolding horizons, yet we cannot look to the future without gratefully acknowledging the many past achievements that would not have been possible without the help and support of the hundreds of individuals who have so eagerly and generously shared their time, talents, and energy to helping PHAB's accreditation program quickly grow to become the reliable national standard for public health. Though we have said it before, it still rings true: Reflecting on our successes -- past, present and those yet to come --  it is with heartfelt gratitude to our loyal supporters who help PHAB in many different capacities, such as serving on PHAB's Board of Directors, committees, expert panels, think tanks, work groups, and as applicants and site visitors. We also want to express our gratitude to our funding partners and to the many national public health organizations and stakeholders who have helped enhance PHAB's work.
 
We look forward to our next phase of work as we continue to provide core accreditation services, expand to develop something new for smaller health departments, implement our new reaccreditation requirements, and begin our second year of work under the one-year-old Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI).
 
A new year is like a blank book and each of you -- our loyal supporters -- holds the collective pen with which we will continue to write new chapters in PHAB's ongoing story of unlimited opportunities for working together to improve and protect the health of communities by advancing -- and ultimately transforming -- the quality and performance of the nation's state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments. The entire PHAB staff joins in wishing you a wonderful new year filled with peace, hope, joy, and good health!
 
Best Wishes,

Kaye Bender, Bulbul Bhattacharya, Marita Chilton, Jessica Solomon Fisher, Triona Gateley, April Harris, Daniel Hennig, Jennifer Jimenez, Catrina Kerrison, Jessica Kronstadt, Jeff Lake, Travis Parker Lee, Genny Lush, Teddi Nicolaus, Mark Paepcke, Nicole Pettenati, David Stone, Robin Wilcox, and Brittan Wood.

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