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State Laws & Policies Regarding Public Health Agency Accreditation Prerequisites

To prepare for health department accreditation, communities and states must understand applicable laws and policies to determine if they are subject to provisions that facilitate or create barriers to agency accreditation. Identifying and understanding current laws and policies relevant to planning and implementing accreditation requirements will be of immediate benefit to local public health agencies and national agencies supporting accreditation.  This project looked at all 50 states through a legal lens to identify laws, rules, executive orders, contracts, legislative resolutions, and other tools that are used to mandate that a state or local health department complete one or more of the prerequisites to accreditation: Community Health Assessments, Community Health Improvement Plans and Strategic Plans.

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