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Public Health Accreditation in Wisconsin

The Division of Public Health (DPH) is working with key partners to ensure that Wisconsin local health departments, Tribal health departments, and DPH are aware of the national voluntary accreditation process through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and also is engaged in assisting those preparing to seek national accreditation.

Accreditation Mentor Program

The DPH Office of Policy and Practice Alignment (OPPA), is pleased to announce a new round of accreditation mentoring to assist local and tribal health departments choosing to work towards formal accreditation recognition. Read more about the Accreditation Mentor Program.

What is National Public Health Accreditation? 

Accreditation is a voluntary program that measures the degree to which state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments meet nationally recognized standards and measures.

What is PHAB? 

PHAB is the Public Health Accreditation Board, a non-profit accrediting body for national public health accreditation. Their mission is to promote and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of all health departments in the United States.

How does national accreditation work with the Local Health Department 140 Administrative Rule Review? 

The Wisconsin Administrative Rule Chapter DHS 140 Review process allows accredited health departments to use their accreditation domain evidence to meet DHS 140 Review requirements for Level I Health Departments that reduces the amount of evidence required of accredited health departments by one third over non-accredited departments.

What can I find on this site?

Information on what is happening in Wisconsin related to public health accreditation with links to key partners/sites for Wisconsin Local Health Departments, Tribal health departments, and the Division of Public Health.

Last revised April 13, 2023