Greetings from PHAB,
Next week we will celebrate the 241st birthday of our nation. There will be local, state and national celebrations with food, music and fireworks -- all meant to help us remember what a great country we live in! I look forward to July 4th every year for that reason. Likewise, the PHAB Board of Directors and staff hope that health departments will continue to celebrate their achievement of national public health department accreditation. Meeting national standards for your health department's work to improve the health of the population you serve is truly a cause to celebrate. But like the nation's founding fathers, the pride your health department felt when you were first notified of your accreditation should live on. Each day that you continue to work toward conformity with the accreditation standards sets your health department apart from others. We hope you will continue to talk about what that means and how hard you worked to get to that point.
In this newsletter you will read about the work PHAB continues to do in support of national accreditation. PHAB remains committed to ensuring that we provide high quality, credible services to health departments across the nation. With that in mind, this year on July 4th we will also take a moment to celebrate those health departments that are continuing to focus on improving the programs, services, and policies that will ultimately impact and improve the health of the people they serve.

Happy Fourth of July, and Happy Accreditation!

Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN,
PHAB President & CEO
Issue #67
June/July 2017
In This Issue

Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN

 President and CEO


PHAB Board Holds Quarterly Meeting in June
The PHAB Board of Directors welcomed two new members during its quarterly meeting June 20-21 in Alexandria, Virginia. Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health, and Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Chief Public Health Officer for the Cambridge Public Health Department in Massachusetts, each began three-year terms on June 1. 
Dr. Philip has served as Florida's Surgeon General and as Secretary of the Florida Department of
Dr. Philip
Health since May 18, 2016. Most recently, she served as the interim Florida Surgeon General and prior to that as Florida's Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children's Medical Services. Board certified in family medicine as well as preventive medicine and public health, she brings a wealth of academic excellence and professional experience to her roles. She has served as interim director for three county health departments, and as interim bureau chief for the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Communicable Diseases. She began her career with the Florida department in Polk County, Florida, where she served as medical director and served on the board of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, through which she provided primary care to uninsured patients. Dr. Philip's contributions to public health are not limited to Florida. She is president of the American Heart Association's six-state Greater Southeast Affiliate, and previously served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and preventive medicine resident.
Dr. Philip holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University in California. She completed her residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando and has remained committed to improving health in Florida throughout her career.
Mr. Jacob has 18 years of experience in public health and has overseen operations of the Cambridge (Mass.) Public Health Department since 2007. Serving a population of 106,000
Mr. Jacob
residents and hundreds of businesses, the Cambridge Public Health Department is operated by a regional safety net health care system through a contract with the city. During Mr. Jacob's tenure as the city's Chief Public Health Officer, he has overseen federally funded initiatives for addressing health disparities among men of color and reducing obesity in children and adults. A proponent of cross-jurisdictional sharing of resources, Mr. Jacob and his department lead a regional coalition to strengthen emergency response in 27 communities and participate in regional initiatives around tobacco use, opioid abuse, and childhood lead poisoning.
Mr. Jacob is the current President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and serves on the Board of Directors of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. He is the past national chair of the Black Caucus of Health Workers of the American Public Health Association. Mr. Jacob received training at the National Public Health Leadership Institute and completed the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leadership in Public Health. Mr. Jacob holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

In addition to the board appointments, the PHAB Board of Directors elected officers for 2017-2018. Dr. Bud Nicola was re-elected as Chair; Mr. Joe Finkbonner was re-elected as Vice Chair; and Dr. Paul Halverson was re-elected as Secretary-Treasurer.
Major decisions of the Board of Directors at its June meeting included:
  • Approval of an updated accreditation system logic model
  • Approval of an updated accreditation research agenda
  • Approval of the concepts associated with the development of a Tribal Accreditation Documentation Guidance Supplement. PHAB has been working with the National Indian Health Board's (NIHB) Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board to better understand some of the questions and issues associated with providing documentation for accreditation review. The result of that work will be a supplemental documentation guide for Tribal health departments to use alongside Version 1.5 of the Accreditation Standards and Measures to assist them in their development and selection of Tribal-specific documentation for review in the accreditation process. Tribal health departments interested in this document should stay tuned to both the NIHB website and the PHAB website later in the summer for the final document.
The Board of Directors also continues to monitor the national landscape related to issues affecting health departments, including potential additional funding reductions.
Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield Accepts Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement
Dr. Scutchfield
PHAB Board of Directors Member F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, in May was awarded the University of Kentucky Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement. Created in 1990, the award recognizes Kentuckians who have made contributions of lasting value to the Commonwealth, and promotes education and creative thought.

An international leader in public health, Dr. Scutchfield retired as a University of Kentucky (UK) professor in January but remains active in teaching, research and mentoring. He was founding director of UK's School of Public Health, now a college, and the UK Center for Health Services Research and Management. He has been chair of the Health Services Department and Preventive Medicine Department, and is a past Associate Dean of the College of Medicine. He was the first Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy. Among his many contributions to public health, Dr. Scutchfield chairs PHAB's Accreditation Committee. He has served as editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health.
PHAB congratulates Dr. Scutchfield on receiving this prestigious award!
Dr. Wilma Wooten Provides Plenary Address to the Association of Public Health Nurses
PHAB Board of Directors Member Wilma Wooten, MD, in April provided a plenary address on successful implementation of health equity initiatives at the Association of Public Health Nurses Annual Conference in San Diego.
Dr. Wooten, who serves as Public Health Officer for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, spoke about the importance of ensuring health for all members of the communities that public health departments serve and removing barriers that affect health status. She noted the special initiatives that the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency has developed to become a leader in this arena. PHAB's Dr. Kaye Bender also spoke at the conference, delivering a speech focused on the importance of creating a culture of health for public health nursing leadership.
Dr. Wilma Wooten, center, pauses for a photo with APHN President Barbara Dingfelder, left, and  PHAB consultant Shirley Orr.
Eleven More Health Departments Accredited in June
PHAB's national program to improve and protect the health of the public continued its nationwide expansion in June as 11 more governmental public health departments - three state and eight local -- achieved five-year accreditation status. The decisions bring another 19.7 million people into the rapidly growing network of communities served by health departments that meet rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services.
Launched in 2011 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB's accreditation program has quickly grown to bring the benefits of national accreditation to 198 million people, or 64 percent of the U.S. population.
National accreditation status was awarded June 6, 2017 to:
  • Alabama Department of Public Health, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Public Health, Boise, Idaho
  • Lewis and Clark Public Health, Helena, Montana
  • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Linn County Department of Health Services, Albany, Oregon
  • Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Olmsted County Public Health Services, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Portsmouth Health District, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Sauk County Health Department, Baraboo, Wisconsin
  • Stark County Health Department, Canton, Ohio
Connecticut Department of Public Health staff gathered in Hartford for a group photo on June 8, 2017. The health department was awarded PHAB accreditation on March 14, 2017.

Devoting a Day to Documentation in New Jersey
PHAB co-sponsored a documentation workshop with the New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials on June 26. Hosted by the Rutgers School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice, 20 representatives from New Jersey health departments that have already applied to PHAB or are ready to apply, gathered to spend a day talking about documentation. The discussion focused on general elements of documentation that are frequently reopened during the PHAB completeness review. Along with a case study on documentation requirements, much of the discussion revolved around possible examples and domain requirements.
"Training like today's gives us a reality base for moving forward, and assurance that we are on the right track," one participant noted in a follow-up evaluation of the workshop.
PHAB has heard from health department staff that their accreditation team members are preparing for the accreditation process and are in the initial stages of reviewing and selecting documentation. To that end, they would like to have some documentation training earlier than the regular applicant training that is available. PHAB is available to try that out in some areas of the country where there are groups of health departments that can gather at a central location for the training and where there is a willing partner (such as a state department of health, a state association of public health officials, a school of public health or an institute of public health) who can help co-sponsor the event. PHAB will provide the training at no cost. If you have a group of health departments and a potential co-sponsor or two and want to talk with PHAB about this, please contact David Stone

PHAB Education Specialist David Stone leads a discussion about documentation at a New Jersey Documentation Workshop on June 27, 2017.
PHAB Participates in COPPHI Open Forum in New Orleans
PHAB staff joined scores of public health colleagues in New Orleans in April for the 14th Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement (COPPHI) Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health. The April 20-21 event featured a pre-conference workshop led by PHAB Education Specialist David Stone and PHAB Accreditation Specialist April Harris. PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender led an interactive session on public health innovation, highlighting the work of the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) and its role in informing accreditation for the future. April Harris also facilitated a discussion with accredited health departments on the services that PHAB provides to them after becoming accredited. PHAB will use that information to inform our package of accreditation services for the future.
PHAB Accreditation Specialist April Harris joins PHAB Education Specialist David Stone at a pre-conference workshop at the start of the 14th COPPHI Open Forum in New Orleans in April.

PHAB Participates in National Indian Health Board Tribal Public Health Summit
PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PHAB Board of Directors Vice Chair Joe Finkbonner, and PHAB Education Specialist David Stone traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, in June to participate in the National Indian Health Board Tribal Public Health Summit. In a pre-conference institute, PHAB provided information on documentation for accreditation and discussed plans for the Tribal Accreditation Documentation Guidance Supplement. Feedback gathered during the session will be used to finalize the document. In addition, staff was on hand at PHAB's booth in the exhibit hall to unveil PHAB's new Tribal public health department accreditation banner and share information with conference-goers. More than 75 attendees entered a raffle for a PHAB tote bag filled with accreditation materials and goodies. Ross Nannauck III from the Tlingit Tribe in Alaska was the grateful winner of the tote bag raffle.
PHAB's Kaye Bender presents a tote bag filled with PHAB goodies to raffle winner Ross Nannauck III from Alaska's Tlingit Tribe, at the National Indian Health Board's Tribal Public Health Summit in Anchorage, Alaska, in June.

Vital Records/Health Statistics Accreditation Module Moves Forward
PHAB continues to partner with the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), and CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), to develop, test and launch an accreditation module for statewide vital records and health statistics functions. Over the next year and with funding from NCHS, a beta test will be conducted on the draft standards and measures and the process. Continue to watch PHAB's newsletter for status reports on the progress of this work.
Training Events Highlight PHAB Calendar
At PHAB's Alexandria, Virginia, Learning Center, meetings and training events are a frequent occurence. In May, 24 new Accreditation Coordinators came to the center to complete PHAB's two-day learning event. In addition, 18 public health professionals gathered at PHAB's Learning Center April 25-26 for a two-day Site Visitor Learning Event.
Site Visitors dive into a practice exercise at an April 26, 2017 training event. Site Visitors play a critical role in PHAB's accreditation process by reviewing health department documentation, visiting health departments, and writing the Site Visit Report on which the Accreditation Committee bases its decisions.

JPHMP Direct Highlights the Work of PHAB and PHNCI
JPHMP Direct, the multimedia companion site of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, continues to partner with PHAB to engage a deeper conversation with public health thought leaders, researchers, practitioners, students and other readers. Since October 2016, PHAB and PHNCI staff and Board members have contributed nine original blogs to JPHMP Direct's "Focus on Accreditation and Innovation" section. This month's contribution, co-authored by PHAB Board of Directors members F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD; Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, and PHAB Chief Program Officer Robin Wilcox, MPA, is titled "Reflections of the Accreditation Committee" and can be read here. Looking ahead to July, PHAB Board Member and Immediate Past Chair Leslie Beitsch, MD, JD, will take a fresh look at what's needed to launch a performance management system.

PHNCI Unveils New Blog
The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI), at PHAB, is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, The Spark: Ideas in Innovation. This month marks the first blog post, and PHNCI invites readers to tune in each month as PHNCI and its partners post commentary, stories, and resources to stimulate thinking and advance innovative practice in governmental public health. Interested in writing your own post? Don't hold back! Join in by submitting your own post!
Click here for more details and to read the first post.

PHAB Sponsors NALBOH Summer Newsbrief
PHAB is pleased to be the official sponsor of the 2017 Summer NewsBrief of the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH). Produced quarterly, NALBOH NewsBriefs are compiled, printed, packaged, and mailed to all NALBOH members. The NewsBrief is also available on the organization's website. PHAB thanks 
Honorable Henry W. Bertram, Pendleton County (Kentucky) Judge/Executive, retired;  
Judith Sartucci, MSN, RN, chair of the Board of Health of the Central Connecticut Health District; and PHAB Board of Directors Member Harvey Wallace, PhD, Dean Emeritus in the College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, for providing essays and Q&As on how and why the support of the board of health is essential to the achievement of national accreditation. PHAB congratulates NALBOH on celebrating 25 years of improving board governance.

CDC's "Did You Know?" to Focus on Accreditation
Stay tuned: In July, CDC will highlight PHAB accreditation in its weekly Did You Know? feature. The topic is scheduled to go live on July 14 at Did You Know? provides timely information and data from CDC and its partners. It is emailed to more than 40,000 people and is syndicated on 81 partner websites. To subscribe to weekly Did You Know? emails, click here.
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Appoints New President/CEO
PHAB congratulates Dr. Laura Magaña Valladares, PhD, on her new role as President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). ASPPH is a strong partner with PHAB as we both work to strengthen the linkages between academia and practice. PHAB looks forward to working with Dr. Magaña Valladares in her new role, which becomes effective on August 1. ASPPH is the voice of accredited academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

PHAB Staff Participate in Staff Development and Training
To better serve our applicants, our volunteers, and our partners, PHAB staff periodically take some time out for staff development and training. Over the past few months, we have been working with Olivia Martin, CPC, ELI-MP, from LivMor Consulting, to improve organizational performance by using the Birkman assessment tools to better understand ourselves and others in our various working relationships and settings. At a session on May 23, 2017, Ms. Martin provided consultation to PHAB staff individually and as a group to further refine our skills, and also introduced the concepts of energy leadership.
Olivia Martin from LivMor Consulting leads PHAB staff through a mission statement writing exercise on May 23, 2017.

Nicole Pettenati to Join PHAB in September
Ms. Pettenati
PHAB is pleased to announce that Nicole Pettenati, MSLS, will officially join the PHAB staff as a Research Analyst when her one-year Library/Information Science Fellowship through the Learning Partnership Program of the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund ends in September.

Since coming to PHAB, Nicole has been helping to implement a plan to track the evidence related to the PHAB Standards and Measures, which will help inform future revisions. In addition, she provides support to the Public Health National Center for Innovations at PHAB. Nicole previously worked at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and was a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. She received her Master of Science in Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Arts degree at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Nicole has been an asset to PHAB's Research & Evaluation work and the PHNCI team, and we are happy to keep her in the PHAB family!
W ORD ON THE STREET: A Roundup of Accreditation Questions and Answers

1. We haven't heard or seen anything from PHAB on the work being done to develop a pathway for small health departments working on accreditation. Is that work over?
No. PHAB continues its exploration into how best to assist smaller health departments in their accreditation journeys. PHAB's advisory Small Health Department Think Tank has met several times to discuss small health departments' barriers to achieving accreditation and their capacities to address PHAB's requirements. The Think Tank has also considered how small health departments that are accredited were successful. Stay tuned for additional information from PHAB as soon as it is available.
2. We heard that PHAB is already working on Version 2.0 of the PHAB Standards and Measures for Initial Accreditation. Is that true?
PHAB is always considering how it might revise the accreditation process and requirements for future improvements. Currently, PHAB is working to update our information on the evidence base for the PHAB Standards and Measures and to see where changes might be needed in the future. PHAB also monitors advances in public health to identify where there are areas of the Standards and Measures that need to be revised or added to remain relevant and current. All this work will take a few years. So, while no changes in the PHAB Standards and Measures are on the immediate horizon, PHAB will work to prepare for Version 2.0 in the future. Stay tuned to the PHAB newsletter for the various phases of that work and how you might be involved.
 3. Who at PHAB may we contact for specific questions and technical assistance?

You may contact:
Mark Paepcke, Chief Administrative Officer, to talk about fees and contractual information, or e-PHAB. He may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 104.

Robin Wilcox, Chief Program Officer, to talk about interpretation and meaning of the PHAB Standards and Measures as well as the accreditation process. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 106.

Marita Chilton, Triona Gateley, Jennifer Jimenez, or Brittan Williams, to talk about the accreditation process for health departments. Marita may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 114; Triona may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 124; Jennifer may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 107; and Brittan at or 703-778-4549, ext. 115.

April Harris, to talk with accredited health departments about maintaining accreditation and to assist accredited health departments as they prepare for reaccreditation. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext.125.

Catrina Kerrison, to talk about general office inquiries and questions related to PHAB's governance. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 100.

Jeff Lake, Volunteer Services Manager, to talk about the recruitment, selection, and assignment of Site Visitors and Teams as well as PHAB's Accreditation Reserve Corps. He may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 110.

David Stone, Accreditation Education Specialist, to talk about PHAB's education services, including orientations and trainings. He may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 105.

Genny Lush, Program Specialist, to talk about statements of intent, applications, and accreditation process issues. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549 ext. 113.

Jessica Kronstadt, Director of Research and Evaluation, to talk about public health accreditation-related research and evaluation. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 117.

Teddi Nicolaus, Communications Manager, to talk about news, media requests, marketing, and promotions. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 118.
Jessica Solomon Fisher, Chief Innovations Officer, Public Health National Center for Innovations at the Public Health Accreditation Board, to talk about all matters related to the new Center. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 116.
Kaye Bender, President/CEO, to talk about accreditation-related strategies, partnerships, long-range planning at PHAB, PHAB Board of Directors, committees/think tanks, and student opportunities. She may be reached at or 703-778-4549, ext. 103.

If you have a question for a future segment of Word on the Street, please send it to PHAB e-newsletter editor Teddi Nicolaus.

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