National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII)

National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) – Provision of Technical and Capacity Building Assistance

The NPHII project provides technical assistance support to the 6 Tribes/Tribal organizations (NPHII funding recipients) to increase Tribes/Tribal organization health department’s accreditation readiness and performance against national standards.

AAIP is collaborating with  Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) experts and NPHII to provide direct one-on-one support to all 6 Tribes/Tribal organizations regarding PHAB accreditation, quality improvement, accreditation readiness and standards. The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) will also provide access to training and educational materials.

PHAB’s public health department accreditation process seeks to advance quality and performance within public health departments. Accreditation standards define the expectations for all public health departments that seek to become accredited. National public health department accreditation has been developed because of the desire to improve service, value, and accountability to stakeholders.

Accreditation through PHAB provides a means for a department to identify performance improvement opportunities, to improve management, develop leadership, and improve relationships with the community. The process is one that will challenge the health department to think about what business it does and how it does that business. It will encourage and stimulate quality and performance improvement in the health department. It will also stimulate greater accountability and transparency.

Accreditation documents the capacity of the public health department to deliver the three core functions of public health and the Ten Essential Public Health Services. Thus, accreditation gives reasonable assurance of the range of public health services a department should provide. Accreditation declares that the health department has an appropriate mission and purpose and can demonstrate that it will continue to accomplish its mission and purpose.


This project is supported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support through the funded Cooperative Agreement Number: 1U38OT000133.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.