According to the public health accreditation board

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appropriate to discuss the accreditation of local public health organizations. According to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) (2010) it is in the process of developing a national voluntary accreditation program for public health departments. Their aim is to protect the health of every community by improving the excellence and the performance of public health departments. PHAB (2010) identifies that public health departments are important for encouraging healthy living as well as safeguarding the communities they serve. The benefit of accreditation is that a set of common standards are used to gauge performance and helps to drive health departments to make improvements to the services that they render and in their performance (PHAB, 2010). Novick et al. (2008) revealed that some future benefits of accreditation may include contacting advantages for Medicaid, having a market advantage over the private sector, have greater accountability, experiencing simpler transfer interstate and intrastate information (Novick et al., 2008). PHAB (2010) explains that there are three key documents that are needed to apply for national accreditation by public health organizations and they include a community health assessment, a community health improvement plan, and a strategic plan for the health department. A national accreditation program for health departments is to get underway some time in 2011 (PHAB, 2010). Michigan, North Carolina, Washington, Illinois, and Missouri have taken part in the study of public health agency accreditation known as Multi-State Learning Collaborative on Performance and Capacity Assessment of Public Health
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