This editorial highlights the progress of public health accreditation efforts as discussed by the articles in this special issue. This issue represents an important step toward establishing a stronger evidence base for the national accreditation program, and the articles within this issue address many of the research agenda topics, including technical assistance, connections with public health categorical programs, readiness, and the impact of accreditation on public health departments of many sizes, types, and structures.
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Transforming Public Health Practice Through Accreditation (A User Guide for the Special Accreditation Issue)
January 1, 2014