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From the GMR: PHAB seeking Tribal Site Visitors for Public Health Accreditation Beta Test

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the national accrediting body for public health accreditation, is seeking volunteers from Indian Country to be site visitors for the accreditation beta test. Site visits are a critical component of the beta test. Participating in the site visits and providing feedback and recommendations to PHAB presents a unique opportunity for Tribal communities to contribute to the national public health accreditation program.

NIHB and PHAB recognize the importance of incorporating the unique experiences and expertise of the Tribal public health community in the development of the national public health accreditation program. Three public health departments from Indian Country are participating in the beta test to provide invaluable feedback on the accreditation standards and processes.

To ensure that Tribal communities continue to be engaged in the development of the accreditation program, NIHB and PHAB encourage volunteers from Indian Country to apply to be site visitors. Site visitors should have experience and knowledge of the delivery of Tribal public health services.

Selected participants will attend a two-day training session in Washington, D.C., and be reimbursed for their travel expenses. Please find additional information about PHAB's site visitor selection criteria attached with this announcement for your review and consideration, to view please click here.

Site visitor teams will conduct one (1) on-site review of a beta test site in April, May or June 2010. During the site visit, they will review the materials from the health department and seek answers to questions regarding the beta test site's conformity to the accreditation standards and measures. Site visitors will then provide feedback to PHAB from their visits that will help to shape the national accreditation program (scheduled to launch in 2011). To view the background information and further details on site visitors' responsibilities, please click here.

The aim of the national public health accreditation program is to advance the quality and performance of all health departments in the country, and, ultimately, create a healthier nation. PHAB is currently managing the accreditation beta test, where 30 health departments (including three Tribal health departments) around the country are testing the accreditation standards, measures and procedures.

Individuals who are interested should submit an application by Friday, January 29, 2010 to rwilcox@phaboard.org. To download the PHAB site visitor application form, please click here.

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