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Public Health Accreditation Board revises Health Equity Standards and Measures

Thursday, January 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Earlier this month, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) released public health accreditation standards and measures, version 1.5. This new version provides clarity of the requirements, examples of measures and time frames. A summary of the revised Health Equity standards and measures are:

  • Use the phrase "specific populations with higher health risks or poorer health outcomes" throughout to address the concept of health equity.
  • Require "efforts to specifically address factors that contribute to specific populations' higher health risks and poorer health outcomes."
  • Added examples through out of demographic data, contributing causes, and factors such as socioeconomic factors, immigration status, racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, insurance status, housing, transportation, access to healthy foods, poverty, policies that address social determinants of health, etc.
  • Require that CHIP policy changes include those that are adopted to alleviate the identified causes of health inequity. Policy changes may address, for example, the social and economic conditions that influence health equity including housing, transportation, education, job availability, neighborhood safety, and zoning.
  • Provide additional examples of non-traditional partners in partnerships that address specific public health issues or populations (e.g., housing or transportation) and require that partnerships include representatives of the communities impacted.

For detailed information about the revised public health standards and measures version 1.5, visit:

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