Eleven health departments in the United States were officially awarded accreditation status in February 2013. Hundreds more are in the pipeline, actively preparing and collecting documents, with the intent to move forward to an accreditation site visit within the next year.

There is much to be learned through this new health department accreditation program, including how to most effectively connect with key organizations that are critical to help achieve accreditation. At times, these strategies might be unique for a particular health department, but increasingly, helpful themes are being identified and shared with other health departments.

This Web Forum showcases how local health departments in California are engaging new partners for accreditation preparation. Attendees will hear about emerging tools and communication strategies for reaching out to organizations that are critical for achieving accreditation. An interesting comparison of strategies based on pre-requisite stage and active measure collection/documentation stage will be provided. In addition, attendees should be able to identify opportunities for partnership engagement during various stages of accreditation preparation, as well as sustainability over time, including when a health officer or department director position is suddenly vacant.


Tamara Bannan, MPH

Performance Improvement Manager and Public Health Accreditation Coordinator, Health and Human Services Agency

County of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Tamara Bannan is the Performance Improvement Manager and Accreditation Coordinator for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. She has been working in organizational performance management, strategic and operational planning, and quality improvement for nearly 15 years. She led the County of San Diego’s participation in the…

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Patty Chan, OTR/L, MPA

Division Manager

Ventura County Department of Public Health

Ventura, CA

Patty Chan is a Licensed Occupational Therapist with a Master in Public Administration and works for Ventura County Public Health as a Division Manager. In her over twenty year career she has strived to advance Public Health with a focus on working collaboratively to achieve the goals of public health…

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Cheryl Barrit, MPIA

Preventive Health Bureau Manager, Department of Health and Human Services

City of Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Cheryl Barrit currently serves as the Preventive Health Bureau Manager for the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services where she oversees a variety of programs under Nursing Services Division, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Control, and Public Health Accreditation. Previously, she…

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Dawn Marie Jacobson, MD, MPH

Director of Strategy and Impact

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Dawn Marie Jacobson, MD, MPH, is a board-certified preventive medicine physician with 10 years of experience in public health practice and management. She is currently the Director of Strategy and Impact for the Public Health Institute where her work focuses on data integration for public health decision-making and…

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