Andy Wapner, DO, MPH, clinical assistant professor at Ohio State’s College of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), received a $9,984 grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to begin developing a program that will educate and support governmental public health agencies and help them achieve public health accreditation.
“The foundation of this work will be a series of six webinars at about one and a half hours each,” Wapner said. “Representatives from agencies will participate in the webinar series together, then work within their own agencies to complete tasks as needed in between the webinars to gradually build a workforce development plan.”
According to Wapner, the purpose of ASTHO’s Accreditation Support Initiative is to advance the ability of government public health agencies to apply for and achieve accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
“We are long-time partners with ASTHO, though this project is a stand-alone opportunity,” Wapner said. “However, it builds on our center’s expertise in supporting governmental public health agencies in achieving accreditation. This project is expected to improve the provision of public health services to residents of these regions.”