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Welcome to The National Indian Health Board's

Tribal Public Health Accreditation Center

"NIHB and PHAB share a commitment to building strong, thriving Tribal communities. Accreditation is an opportunity to strengthen public health in Indian Country, address the unique needs of the Tribes, and create healthier environments for Our People."
H. Sally Smith
PHAB Board Member and NIHB Board Member

Since 2008, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has partnered with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in a national effort to advance public health practice in Indian Country.  Initially, these joint efforts focused on determining the feasibility of voluntary public health accreditation for Tribal health departments.

After a thorough process of study, vetting and testing, and with input from NIHB's Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board, public health accreditation was determined to be both feasible and desirable, and the Tribal specific standards and measures for accreditation were developed. These standards can be used to reinforce the role of public health in Tribal communities and can help Tribal health departments achieve performance excellence.

In 2011, the national voluntary public health accreditation process was opened to all Tribal, state, local and territorial health departments.


This Center

We invite you to explore this Center's webpages where you can learn more about accreditation, including the benefits of accreditation, steps in the accreditation process, and how to get started.  We also welcome visitors who are new to public health. This Center contains information on public health more generally, answering questions such as: What is public health? and What are the core functions of public health?

Whether you are new to accreditation or already familiar with the process, we also invite you to join our Online Learning Community. Joining is free and allows you to post on our Discussion Board and share documents, tools and information on our Community Sharing page.

 As always, the National Indian Health Board welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions and encourages you to contact us if we can provide assistance as you navigate this site and explore public health accreditation.


 What's New


The National Indian Health Board would like to invite you to join our online community and conversations about quality improvement in Tribal Public Health Departments. We look forward to this Sharepoint portal serving as a resource to communities and individuals interested in Public Health Accreditation or even just assessing or understanding ways to improve their health departments.

Please register as a member of the site and share your comments, concerns, and resources with our community.

We look forward to expanding the resources found on this portal, helping you understand how to use Sharepoint, and initiating some great conversations about strengthening the performance of Tribal Pubic Health.

PHAB is pleased to release Version 1.5 of the Public Health Accreditation Standards and Measures. This new version of the Standards and Measures clarifies the wording of requirements, stipulates the number of examples that are required for each measure, and specifies the timeframe for each measure. Additionally, a limited number of noteworthy public health issues emerging as important forces in the advancement of public health have been included. These are issues that the field requested that PHAB consider adding to, or emphasizing in, the Standards and Measures.
While leaving much of the substance of Standards and Measures 1.0,   Version 1.5 provides the needed refinements to improve the accreditation process and advance the field. Version 1.5 becomes effective July 1, 2014. Changes found in version 1.5 include, but are not limited to:
  • Editorial changes of layout, standards and measures, rewording, and further clarifications.
  • Focusing on 5 emerging public issues with revised standards and measures:
      o public health communication science
      o public health informatics
      o public health workforce development
      o emergency preparedness
      o health equity
  • Additional content changes in public health ethics and access to care.
Important for health department directors to note that applications filed before June 2, 2014 will be assessed under the version 1.0 of the standards and measures all others filed after will be assessed under version 1.5.
For any questions regarding which version is applicable to your health department, the standard and measures principles, or overall summary of the development process of Version 1.5, please contact Robin Wilcox, Chief Program Officer, at or 703-778-4555, or visit the PHAB website at

 Public Health Inquiries


Carolyn Hornbuckle, J.D.
Director of Public Health Programs

National Indian Health Board
 926 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
 Washington, DC 20003
 Phone: 202-507-4084


Ashtin Jeney

Programs and Policy Fellow

National Indian Health Board
 926 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
 Washington, DC 20003
 Phone: 202-507-4079


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