According to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), accreditation is the measurement of a health department's performance against a set of nationally recognized and evidence-based standards, the issuance of recognition of achievement by a nationally recognized entity, and the continual development, revision, and distribution of public health standards.
The goal of the voluntary accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of Tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments. To successfully achieve accreditation, a health department must complete a series of processes and steps described in detail on the PHAB website.
Public Health Accreditation in Colorado (as of 10/2019)
  • 8 Accredited Health Departments:
    • El Paso County Public Health (8/20/2013)
    • Mesa County Public Health (3/8/2016)
    • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (3/8/2016)
    • Pueblo City-County Health (11/15/2016)
    • Weld County Public Health (11/15/2016)
    • Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (3/21/2017)
    • Tri-County Health Department (11/14/2017)
    • Jefferson County Public Health (3/21/2019)
  • 1 Local Public Health Agencies - Registered/Applied
  • 7 Local Public Health Agencies - Preparation

Colorado Accreditation Coordinators Network resource group

Resource group available to all Colorado accreditation coordinators. The group uses peer sharing and learning to support accreditation efforts. A listing of current Accreditation Coordinator contacts in Colorado can be found HERE. For more information or to join the network, contact
Information Resources on Public Health Accreditation


Accreditation Resources by Phase:

Step 1: Preparation


Step 2: Registration & Application


Step 3: Documentation Selection and Submission


Step 4: Site Visit & Step 5: Accreditation Decision


Step 6: Annual Reports


Step 7: Reaccreditation


Introduction to Public Health Accreditation (Michigan State)
Best when viewed in Internet Explorer). This illustrated 9-minute video gives an excellent introduction to public health accreditation and can be used to educate current staff and new employees.


Public Health Accreditation: What it is and why it matters
This 25-minute webinar, hosted by Colorado's Gaining Ground Initiative, reviews the basics of accreditation and what accreditation in Colorado looks like in February 2016.


Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
Online orientation videos about public health accreditation.


12 Domains to PHABulous
The 12-part, short video series, provides resources for those wanting to better understand the PHAB accreditation standards.


Tribal Public Health Accreditation and Update
The one-hour webinar gives an overview of national accreditation with particular insight into tribal health departments as well as local and state health departments.


Please contact with additional training recommendations.