Strengthening the Nation's Public Health System through a National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Health Departments


This project will support the operations and continuous improvement of a national accreditation program for state, tribal, local and territorial public health departments. This program will result in increased visibility for accreditation, a stronger public health accreditation program, increased demonstration of accountability of public health programs to decision makers and to the public, increased adoption of evidence based practices, increased use of quality improvement, improved capacity for state, tribal, local and territorial health departments to meet nationally established accreditation standards, and increased recognition of public health roles and value by leaders and the public. Specific objectives may/will include but are not limited to: 1. Support communications and education regarding the accreditation program. 2. Establish a process of continuous improvement of the accreditation standards, tools, and processes to ensure a relevant, current and smoothly functioning program (all elements of the current program can be found at 3. Strengthen strategic partnerships to support accreditation. 4. Strengthen the evidence base for accreditation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
This program is authorized under section 317(k) (2) of the PHS Act [42 U.S.C. 247(b)(k)(2)], section 391(A) and 317(K) OF PHS Act [42 U.S.C. 241A 247B]
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
1. Eligible Applicants: Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a nonprofit with 501(c)3 IRS status. 2. Special Eligibility Requirements: The only eligible applicant for this award is the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a 501(c)3 independent accrediting body that administers the national voluntary public health department accreditation program. 3. Justification for Less than Maximum Competition: The nature of the activities under this award are best employed by focusing on the entity to which this cooperative agreement is limited, per memorandum for approval for single-eligibility competition, which was approved and dated December 20, 2012. PHAB was found to be uniquely qualified, as it is the organization that has been established as the national accrediting body for state, tribal, local and territorial health departments. PHAB was determined to have the experience and program infrastructure, which includes field-driven and tested standards, measures and accreditation assessment process. PHAB is also widely accepted as the national accrediting body for state, local tribal and territorial health departments by the constituency organizations for these agencies and as evidenced by the visible mention of PHAB within national policy documents (e.g., Institute of Medicine reports, Healthy People 2020).
Beneficiary Eligibility
State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Public Health Departments via a National Voluntary Accreditation Program administered by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a 501(c)3 independent accrediting entity.
Any required credentials and/or documentation will be identified in the specific Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for this Assistance Listing.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
After review and approval, a Notice of Award (NoA) will be prepared and processed, along with appropriate notification to the public. Initial awards provide funds for the first budget period (usually 12 months) and the NoA will indicate support recommended for the remainder of the project period, allocation of Federal funds by budget categories, award requirements, and special conditions, if any.
July 1, 2013 to July 30, 2018 Five year project period. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Cooperative agreement period of performance is 1 to 5 years. After initial awards, and subject to availability of funds, projects may be continued non-competitively contingent upon satisfactory progress by the recipient (as documented in required reports) and the determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal government."
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be evaluated on the review criteria described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcements (NOFOs). In general, the review and selection process of complete and responsive applications to the NOFO consists of determination of the scientific and technical merit by objective or peer review, availability of funds, and relevance of program priorities and the priorities of CDC.
How may assistance be used?
Project funds may be used for costs associated with planning, organizing, conducting, and supporting the National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Health Departments, and for the implementation of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) program elements as described in Section 050 above and through CDC allowable and unallowable expenses.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual Federal Financial Reports (FFR) and performance/progress reports are required. Final FFRs and performance reports are required. Other reporting may be required and will be outlined in the NOFO or the Notice of Award.
Not applicable.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the program shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. Property records must be retained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Financial assistance is available for a 12-month budget period, within the five-year project period. Notice of Award
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Beth Gardner
MS V24-6, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA 30329 USA
Phone: 404-639-4276
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$935,000.00; FY 23 est $935,000.00; FY 24 est $935,000.00; FY 21$1,235,000.00; FY 20$955,000.00; FY 19$1,050,000.00; FY 18$935,000.00; FY 17$1,085,000.00; FY 16$900,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
1 award at an approximate average award of: $900,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement and as additionally specified/detailed/listed in most current Notice of Award, and program elements/requirements found in PHAB National Voluntary Public Health Departments Accreditation Program (
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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