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Public Health Accreditation

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is working to achieve public health accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in 2015.

The public health accreditation process allows us to measure our performance against a set of national standards, increase communication and collaboration with community stakeholders, celebrate and share our successes, and identify opportunities for improvement. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that Philadelphians are served by an efficient and effective public health system.

The Public Health Accreditation Board, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, launched national public health accreditation in September 2011. State, territorial, local, and tribal health departments are eligible to apply for public health accreditation.

To apply for public health accreditation, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health had to complete three documents:

  • Community Health Assessment
  • The Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a systematic assessment of population health that highlights key public health challenges and improvements in the jurisdiction. For Philadelphia, the CHA encompasses 13 public health domains, reflecting local priorities and those identified by Healthy People 2020 and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings. View the Community Health Assessment.

  • Community Health Improvement Plan
  • The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was developed by a diverse group of organizations representing various sectors in Philadelphia, including public health, education, community development, health care, business, and social service. The CHIP was based, in part, on data from the Community Health Assessment. It identifies a set of priorities and strategies for improved health in Philadelphia, highlighting the role of non-governmental organizations. The three priorities are: access to care, behavioral health, and chronic disease related to poor diet and physical inactivity.


    1. Access to Care workgroup
      Carol Rogers, Healthy Philadelphia
    2. Behavioral Health workgroup
      Natalie Levkovich, Health Federation of Philadelphia,
    3. Healthy Eating & Active Living workgroup
      Charmie Cuthbert, American Heart Association,
    4. Rickie Brawer, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center for Urban Health

  • Strategic Plan
  • The Philadelphia Department of Public Health Strategic Plan lays out a vision and strategy for the next five years (2014‐2018). It reflects core values—embracing evidence‐based approaches; seeking to achieve policy and systems change; striving for equity; and working collaboratively with partners at all levels of government and with academia, community‐based organizations, small and larger employers, and health care providers and payers. The four strategic focus areas are: 1) women’s and infants’ health, 2) sexual health, 3) tobacco control and obesity prevention, and 4) environmental health.

    Public Health Accreditation Board Standards and Measures

    The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is preparing documentation according to the guidance contained in the PHAB Standards and Measures, Version 1.0. It is organized into 12 domains, which reflect the 10 essential public health services and three core functions. To learn more about the 10 essential public health services, visit

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    Public Health Accreditation Newsletters

    March 2015
    June 2014
    December 2013