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PHI-17.3 Data Details

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PHI-17.3 Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that are accredited

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Accredited Health Department List
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
1.7 (2014)
Target-Setting Method: 
2 percentage point improvement

Number of local public health agencies that are nationally accredited


Number of local public health agencies

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    To be accredited, public health agencies must submit documentation to demonstrate conformity with approximately 100 consensus Standards and Measures, which are based on the 10 Essential Public Health Services, to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). That documentation is reviewed by a team of peers who also conduct a site visit. That team of peer site visitors develops a report describing the public health agency’s conformity with the Standards and Measures. PHAB’s Accreditation Committee reviews the report and makes a determination about accreditation status.

    The denominator is the total number of possible applicants to PHAB from each state and based on the likely unit of applicant (i.e., district, county, etc.). The denominator includes those applying and/or being accredited via all PHAB application processes for local public health units, including single local health department application processes, multi-jurisdictional application processes, and local units within centralized state application processes. This denominator will be monitored and may be adjusted over time, as changes in public health structures occur (e.g., consolidation of public health departments) or new plans develop for application processes to PHAB. In 2014, the denominator was 2,309.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2014, Objective 17 moved from developmental to measurable status. Three new objectives were created, addressing the accreditation of Tribal, state, and local public health agencies. The objective statement for objective 17.3 is "Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that are accredited." The baseline statement is "1.7 percent of local public health agencies were accredited in 2014." The target was set at 3.7 percent using the "2 percentage point improvement" target setting method.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Guide to Accreditation. [cited 2014 Nov 18].
  2. Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Standards and Measures. [cited 2014 Nov 18].