Standards & Accreditation

The Standards and Accreditation program at Spokane Regional Health District exists to define the expectations that advance quality and performance within health district policies and procedures. It is part of the Administrative division and program staff also facilitate health district's internal accreditation team.

Program Overview

In February 2013, the team helped the health district achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Out of 130 health departments across the country that sought accreditation, SRHD was one of only eleven that earned first-ever accreditation.  

The accreditation process validates the responsiveness of health district staff and programs in meeting the needs of residents. With accreditation, the health district demonstrates increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations.  

Other program activities include:

  • Staying current on public health standards and measures
  • Initial collection and submission of accreditation-specific materials
  • Generating an annual report
  • Streamlining the collection of documents, improving communication related to accreditation
  • Ensuring the continuation of Accredited status
  • Working with other local health jurisdictions and consultants specific to standards and accreditation

Funding

The program is funded with health district indirect funds, which are part of a program's expenses that go toward shared administrative services. Program staff work with National Association of County and City Health Officials and its Accreditation Coordinators' Learning Community, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and PHAB to carry out their mission.