Oklahoma Public Health Association

Public Health Accreditation

OPHA Receives $6,875 to Support Public Health Accreditation in Oklahoma!

The American Public Health Association has provided OPHA $6,875 to support activities that prepare local, tribal, state and territorial health departments for national accreditation. OPHA has a strong history of close, working relationships with local, tribal, and state health departments and will build on these relationships as we work together to provide training and technical assistance to local and tribal health departments.

Goal: These trainings will better equip local and Tribal health department leadership and Accreditation Coordinators as they prepare to apply for accreditation.


  • At least four Oklahoma tribes will demonstrate competency regarding the Public Health Accreditation Standards of quality improvement, community health assessment, and data use and interpretation.
  • Accreditation Coordinators from local and Tribal health departments will be able to identify areas of improvement within their respective organizations accreditation process.


OPHA will collaborate with the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center’s Annual Tribal Public Health Conference to provide training on quality improvement, community health assessment, data use and interpretation. This spring training will complement the summer accreditation training for Tribal health departments hosted by the Oklahoma Public Health Training Center.

6th Annual Tribal Epidemiology Center Public Health Conference
Firelake Grand Lake Casino
777 Grand Casino Blvd., Shawnee, OK 7480
**Reserve your hotel room at (405) 964-7777**

April 29-30, 2014
Registration is FREE and ONLINE!

Save the Date Flyer

"Telling the Story of Tribal Health through Accreditation"
April 29
Part 1: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Part 2: 2:15 - 3:45 PM


In addition, OPHA will contract with a consultant(s) to provide gap analysis training for local and Tribal health departments.

As a result of the gap analysis training, Oklahoma public health accreditation leaders will convene to create an “Accreditation Gap Analysis Tool Kit” that can be utilized by accreditation coordinators and/or other staff in local county and Tribal health departments throughout the state.

A Gap Analysis Training was held on May 21, 2014 at the Moore Norman Technology Center, Franklin Road Campus.

To learn more about these OPHA Accreditation activities, please contact opha@opha.net.

Other Resources

OPHA Gap Analysis Toolkit

2014 version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals adopted on June 26, 2014

Public Health Institute has created "Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments"      
The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts has created Healthy Workplaces: A Resource Guide for Worksite Wellness

Oklahoma City-County Health Department was one of the first eleven health departments to be awarded five-year accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board almost one year ago. Read about and see the Accreditation Maintenance Tool that the department created to track and maintain its accredited status.

The 20th anniversary issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, dedicated to "Transforming Public Health Practice Through Accreditation," includes research articles, case reports, and commentaries that depict current accreditation activities and perspectives in public health.  Read highlights from the free January/February 2014 edition of this publication.

Section 9007(a) of the ACA establishes new requirements for charitable hospitals regarding their obligation to assess and address community health needs. The Hilltop Institute of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County has produced a number of resources on the new community benefit requirements, including these:



To learn more about the Public Health Accreditation Board, go to http://www.phaboard.org/

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