Accreditation for Tribal Health Departments

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From the National Indian Health Board [Attn: Non-MDH link]: The goal of the accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the Tribes by advancing the quality of public health services. Through its work with NIHB, PHAB understands that enhancing public health in Indian Country means addressing a complex set of services that are often provided by a diverse group of partners and stakeholders. Tribal leaders and health officials are giving valuable input into the creation of the accreditation standards and the process of becoming accredited, and therefore are taking an active role in ensuring that Native communities are safe, healthy places to live.

Technical Assistance

Assessment: Ability to Meet National Standards

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The Office of Performance Improvement (OPI) can assist tribal health departments in assessing their ability to meet PHAB tribal health department accreditation standards. Together, OPI staff and tribal health department staff can meet in person or via phone to review each performance standard, and determine the department's ability to meet the standard.

Tribal health departments can also use information from the self-assessment process to inform strategic plans and quality improvement plans.

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Quality Improvement Training and Technical Assistance

OPI quality improvement consultants 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
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OPI will generate and provide tribal 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 Tribal Health Director meetings
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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

Resources & Webinars

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Icon Monthly Accreditation Coordinator Conference Calls
Icon PHAB Standards & Measures v 1.0
Icon Exploring Tribal Public Health Accreditation:
Executive Summary (PDF: 436KB / 1 page)
Strategic Plan (375KB / 52 pages)
Icon 2010 Tribal Public Health Profile: Exploring Public Health Capacity in Indian Country (PDF: 3.21MB / 48 pages)
Icon NACCHO: Collect and Organize Documentation
Icon PHAB on YouTube
Icon NACCHO: Prerequisites for National Accreditation
Icon MDH Training & Technical Assistance Calendar