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Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Accreditation

The Alabama Department of Public Health was initially accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2017. National public health department accreditation is a process to measure our health department’s performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidence-based standards. Accreditation requires an ongoing commitment to performance management and quality improvement. Reaccreditation is due every five years, with the first reaccreditation deadline in 2022.

Maintaining PHAB 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 healthcare 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.

Page last updated: July 14, 2023