Public health accreditation is the measurement of health department performance against a set of standards that are nationally recognized. The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is a non-profit, voluntary accreditation organization founded in 2007 with the goal to advance public health practice by providing a national framework of accreditation standards for local, state, territorial, and tribal health departments. Public health accreditation has been a methodical, planned transformation of public health. There are huge benefits to accreditation individually and collectively as a system. One of them is reaching the standard of excellence that we now have established in this national voluntary accreditation process. Accreditation gives us a road map that maybe we have not had before for all public health to follow. There is no better time for public health to align with public health accreditation, and there is no better time to prove the health department’s credibility to the public through the accreditation process. The time is now to transfer public health in the way we do our work at the state, local, tribal, and territorial level and to look at the opportunities that public health accreditation brings to the research world, and those opportunities are rich and endless.

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