NIHB: Release of Public Health Accreditation Resource for Tribal Health Departments

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2018

Contact Carolyn Hornbuckle, chornbuckle@nihb.org or 202-507-4070

NIHB Applauds the Release of the New Public Health Accreditation Resource for Tribal Health Departments

Tribes pursuing public health accreditation now have a new tool at their disposal. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) applauds the release of the Supplemental Process and Documentation Guidance for Tribal Public Health Department Accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This document is the product of over a year’s worth of dedicated work by the NIHB Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board (TPHAAB). TPHAAB meticulously reviewed the PHAB Standards and Measures for sensitivity to Tribal public health systems and made recommendations to PHAB for clarity on concepts such as consultation, jurisdiction and data sovereignty. The goal of voluntary public health accreditation is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s Tribal, state, local and territorial public health departments.

NIHB and PHAB believe that, if Tribal health departments will use this supplement as a companion document to Version 1.5 of the PHAB Standards and Measures, they will find very useful Tribal-centric examples and suggestions for ensuring conformity with the Standards and Measures. Stacy A. Bohlen, CEO of NIHB states “By using language and examples that are reflective of Tribal health departments, this product allows greater access to Tribes seeking to bolster their public health systems by way of public health accreditation. NIHB appreciates PHAB’s efforts in working with representatives of our Tribal nations to realize a product that recognizes their unique needs.”

The document and more information about public health accreditation can be accessed from PHAB’s websitehere and also from the NIHB Tribal Public Health Accreditation Support Initiative TOOLS webpage. PHAB will update this document as more Tribal-specific examples are obtained.

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