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Public Health Accreditation


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health achieved national public health accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on November 10, 2015.

The five-year designation recognizes the PDPH’s capacity and commitment to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians. Notice of the award capped a lengthy application process that engaged partners across Philadelphia as well as staff throughout the PDPH. To all who contributed to this important milestone for our city—thank you!

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 2015
  • The Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a systematic assessment of population health in Philadelphia, highlighting key public health challenges and assets and informing local public health programs, policies, and partnerships. The CHA includes more than 60 indicators reflecting health behaviors, health conditions, health care factors, and social and environmental determinants of health.

  • 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
      Jennifer Litchman, 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