PHAB a nonprofit established in 2007, was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The voluntary national accreditation program is supported by the nation's leading public health organizations including the American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Local Boards of Health, National Indian Health Board, National Network of Public Health Institutes, and Public Health Foundation.
Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In cities, towns, and states across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
The accreditation standards serve as the framework for an objective evaluation process and are based on the 10 Essential Public Health Services.