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Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center

Accreditation Readiness

The Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center (KAPHTC) is available to support your agency and community through Accreditation Readiness. The KAPHTC can help in a variety of ways and will customize the work plan around where your agency is in the process to meet your timeline and needs.  The following list outlines some of the areas where the KAPTHC staff can assist your agency:

                        STRATEGIC PLANNING:    


Strategic Planning Workbook (2012)

The workbook will help your agency as you move through the Strategic Planning process.  


Strategic Planning Webinar Series (2012)

Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center, University of Kentucky College of Public Health
Ohio Public Health Training Center, The Ohio State University College of Public Health
Kentucky Department for Public Health, Center for Performance Management

Click link for power point materials:

Webinar 1: Getting Started
Webinar 2: Situation Assessment
Webinar 3: Developing the Plan
Webinar 4: Evaluation and Integration
Webinar 5: Wrap-up, Samples and Tracking 




Workforce Development Planning in your Agency

Terry Allan, M.P.H.; Melissa Sever, M.P.H., MCHES; Matthew Stefanak, M.P.H. (July 2012). NACCHO Annual 2012. Los Angeles, CA.

Presentation slides to review training needs assessment results, related accreditation standards, and development process and use of the Workforce Development Plan template.


Workforce Development Plan Template

This document, created by The Ohio State University, provides a comprehensive workforce development plan for your agency.   It also serves to address the documentation requirement for Accreditation Standard 8.2.1:  Maintain, implement and assess the health department workforce development plan that addresses the training needs of the staff and the development of core competencies.





The KAPHTC specializes in helping your agency and community during the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan process (CHIP).  The KAPHTC offers time efficient methods of gathering information and data for the Community Health Assessment and then helps your agency use the information to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan. The following services are provided by the KAPHTC to help your agency and community move along with the CHA and CHIP process:

Consultation on stakeholder/partnership building and buy-in

Development of community surveys

Analysis of survey data

Synthesis of the information gathered from the Community Health Assessment into a Community Health Improvement Plan document for distribution to community partners and use in the Accreditation process


The KAPHTC offers services in the facilitation of community forums and workgroups. In Public Health, community engagement and the facilitation of meetings are essential to the success in serving the needs of the community. A facilitative role or facilitator helps create a productive and effective environment for community efforts and teamwork. Facilitate means “to make easy.”  A facilitator’s role is to make the meeting easier for the participants. The ultimate goal and task is to increase the effectiveness of the group by improving their processes. The KAPHTC staff help keep the flow of the meeting so that participants stay on task and are able to achieve the intended goal(s) of the community meeting. A KAPHTC facilitator focuses on providing the guidance to how decisions are being made rather than what decisions are being made.  


For more Accreditation Readiness Resources please visit the following links:

KAPHTC- Quality and Accreditation

PHAB – Public Health Accreditation Board

NACCHO – National Association of County and City Health Officials

ASTHO – Association of State and Territorial Health Officials


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