Managing for Excellence Program
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is committed to achieving accreditation through the voluntary Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The accreditation process focuses on improving public health services and outcomes by implementing Quality Improvement (QI) practices. In response to the accreditation standards, ADHS created the Managing for Excellence Program (MEP) to concentrate on the three accreditation prerequisites: a State Health Assessment, Strategic Planning, and a State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). MEP is also responsible for facilitating other PHAB accreditation requirements. All of these efforts are designed to strengthen the infrastructure of the department and improve the partnerships we have throughout the state.
The goal of accreditation is to assess the health department's ability to deliver three core functions which encompass assessment, policy development and assurance, in addition to the ten essential services of public health. The steps taken toward accreditation by ADHS are novel and groundbreaking for Arizona. Through this process, ADHS also provides valuable insight to our local public health partners, as well as other states. The work being done by states is critical to improving public health nationally, as well as continuing to improve the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards.
ADHS combined block grant funding and National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) grant funds to establish intergovernmental agreements with individual counties to each conduct a Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan and Strategic Plan. All fifteen Arizona county health departments are currently participating in the project and are responsible for completing a community health assessment, a community health improvement plan, and a strategic plan.