Local Public Health Accreditation - Public Health Practice Section - Health Partnerships Division - Minnesota Dept. of Heath

Accreditation for Local Public Health

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Technical Assistance

Assessment: Ability to Meet National Standards

The MDH Public Health Practice Section will assist local health departments and community health boards (CHBs) in assessing their ability to meet PHAB accreditation standards. The self-assessment process will also leave departments with a set of strategic and quality improvement plans. Although many departments applied for this support in Summer 2011, MDH will continue to provide technical assistance.

Quality Improvement Training and Technical Assistance

MDH quality improvement consultants from the Public Health Practice Section provide technical assistance and training for quality improvement, including:

  • Identifying and processes and programs that would benefit from quality improvement methods
  • Prioritizing QI interventions
  • Facilitating QI processes
  • Training staff to use QI tools


MDH will generate and provide local health departments and CHBs with documentation to support selected public health accreditation standards. Examples of provided documentation might include:

  • Emergency preparedness agreements
  • Attendance records and notes from State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC) meetings

Strategic Planning and General Consultation

MDH Public Health Nurse Consultants (PHNCs) can offer continued suppor at the regional level, to help promote and maintain a strong public health infrastructure. A strategic plan is a prerequisite for applying for accreditation.

PHNCs can help with a range of issues, including:

  • Public health nursing practice
  • Program planning and development
  • Building partnerships to support public health outcomes
  • Connecting health departments to state and national content experts

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