Performance Improvement & Accreditation Program


To gain accreditation for Rhode Island Department of Health from the Public Health Accreditation Board.

What We Do

To achieve and maintain accreditation, we will demonstrate minimum standards have been met in 12 domains 10 essential services of public health, administration, and governance). These areas are evaluated using specific standards and measures. The 10 essential services of public health are the guiding framework in the United States for the responsibilities of public health systems.

Performance measures are tools that help managers strengthen decision-making, streamline efficiencies, and improve organizational performance. Individual programs determine the activities needed to reach those goals.

A culture of ongoing quality improvement activities throughout a health department is necessary to achieve Public Health Accreditation. Once accreditation is achieved, we reapply every five years. Quality improvement activities are part of the application and renewal processes.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention help public health agencies advance their work to meet accreditation standards through the Public Health Infrastructure grants.