Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department
NACCHO supports voluntary accreditation for health departments through PHAB and encourages the use of the Operational Definition as an accreditation preparation tool. The functions outlined in this framework are directly aligned with the ten domains outlined in Part B of the PHAB standards. Aspiring local health departments (LHDs) that assess the degree to which they fulfill the functions outlined in this framework and engage in capacity-building quality improvement (QI) activities will likely be better prepared for national accreditation. Beyond the launch of the national accreditation program, the Operational Definition will continue to remain valuable in defining the work of local public health practice.
Using the Operational Definition
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