About the Portal
For visualizations on combined, disaggregated data from accredited health departments, you do not need to log in.
If you are an accredited health department and want to see data about your health department, you will need to log in. Health department directors and accreditation coordinators of accredited health departments will receive an email with login credentials. If you are unable to login or have misplaced your credentials, please try the “forgot your password” link or contact email@example.com.
The development of the Data Portal was jointly funded through support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As part of PHAB’s promise to focus accreditation fees on the accreditation program and process, no fees paid by health departments were used to develop the Data Portal.
PHAB is always looking for suggestions on how to make its systems more effective and of greater value to health departments and the general public. Please send your ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHAB has already identified a set of enhanced functionality with the hopes of additional grant funding. As funding permits and data evolves, we anticipate changes to the Data Portal.
With the sunset of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) and soon-to-be sunset of Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), the Data Portal was optimized for the Microsoft Edge browser as well as Chrome and Firefox. The site will still be viewable with IE browsers, but some of the interactive experience may be limited.
The PHAB Data Portal is mobile friendly. Users can download a complete or customized report via mobile.
NORC at the University of Chicago, a nonprofit social science research organization, has been conducting an evaluation of accreditation since the first health departments completed the process. Click here for findings from their evaluation. Stories from accredited health departments are located here.
Prior to accreditation, site visitors meet with health departments and review documentation to determine if it conforms with accreditation requirements. When the Accreditation Committee receives the Site Visitor Report prepared by peer reviewers, it may determine that the health department is not yet ready to be accredited. Instead, the health department is required to address specific measures. Upon completion, peer site visitors will review the work that the health department has done on those measures and prepare another report. Based on that report, the Accreditation Committee will make a final determination of Accredited or Not Accredited. That process, previously called the Action Plan, is now referred to as an ACAR (Accreditation Committee Action Requirements).
Not necessarily. Please keep in mind that health departments are assessed against the specific requirements of the PHAB Standards & Measures. For example, a health department that is assessed as Slightly or Not Demonstrated on Measure 1.1.2 might have a community health assessment, but it might be missing some of the specific components required by PHAB.
The site visit team reviews the documentation submitted by the health department and assesses conformity with the measure’s intent and requirements set forth in the Standards and Measures. In initial accreditation, each measure is assessed using one of four assessment categories and reflects the professional judgment of the site visit team members. Measures are assessed as Fully Demonstrated or Largely Demonstrated if there is documentation that the health department meets the intent of the measure. If the intent of the measure is not documented, the health department is assessed as Slightly Demonstrated or Not Demonstrated. For reaccreditation, measures are assessed as Met if there is documentation that the health department meets the intent of the measure.
PHAB uses a peer-review, consensus-based process. Site visit teams for initial accreditation typically consist of PHAB-trained, volunteer site visitors and an Accreditation Specialist (PHAB staff). The review team has the ability to request additional documentation from the health department. Final assessment of conformity with each measure is based on the team members’ reviews and careful consideration of the health department documentation submitted in e-PHAB, the information gained through interviews during the site visit, the team’s discussion and consensus, and any guidance provided by the Accreditation Specialist.
As part of the reaccreditation process, PHAB requires health departments to report on the Population Health Outcomes they are monitoring in their communities. Health departments provide updates on Population Health Outcome data each year after they complete the reaccreditation process through their Annual Reports. Health departments indicate all topics they are tracking and then provide specific details about the data they are tracking for a small number of those topics. The reporting has been designed to document how the ongoing work of maintaining accreditation can contribute to better health outcomes.
To learn more:
- Policy for National Public Health Department Reaccreditation
- Report released by PHAB in June 2021 with an analysis of reported data
- Two webinars about population health outcomes, accessible by accredited health departments through the PHAB Learning Center