National Accreditation

The Washington State Department of Health achieved national accreditation in February 2013. Accreditation is official recognition that the department meets or exceeds the rigorous standards for excellence established by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The voluntary national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments. PHAB accreditation shows our commitment to continuous improvement, and demonstrates our current level of excellence to those with which we work.

The department will apply for reaccreditation in the winter of 2017.

Local Health Agencies Accreditation Status

Templates and Examples

Version 1.5 Mock Review Forms

Version 1.0 Mock Review Forms


Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry - Principles of Community Engagement

ASTHO Accreditation Library

ASTHO Accreditation and Performance website

CDC National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP)

Community Health Needs Assessment Tool

Division of Public Health Services (New Hampshire)

Health Impact Project, Advancing Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

Kentucky Public Health: Strategic Planning Resource (PDF)


NACCHO Accreditation Preparation


NACCHO's Example Documentation for Accreditation

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) - Tribal Public Health Accreditation

National Association of County and City Health Officials

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)

Strategic Planning Resources from NACCHO

US Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan and Priorities