National Public Health Accreditation

Published on . Last modified on September 16, 2015

PEPlogo2National Public Health Accreditation

Local public health departments are now engaging in national public health accreditation to achieve two goals:

  • Improve agency quality and performance, and
  • Ensure that agencies are accountable to their governing bodies, policymakers, and the communities they serve.

Public health accreditation provides consistent standards so that people in different states, counties, and regions have access to the same range and quality of services. Accreditation also helps maximize scarce resources by encouraging strategic investments to improve people’s health, demonstrate accountability to residents and elected officials, and spur innovation as departments work together to meet community needs.

The national accreditation program is currently voluntary and officially began in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Monterey County Board of Supervisors authorized the Health Director to initiate our national public health accreditation application process in May 2011. The five-year process includes obtaining public and community partner input in developing a number of new assessments and analyses such as these:

To participate in these planning and implementation efforts, please contact Patricia Zerounian, MPP, at or at 831/755-4583.