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New National Accreditation for Vital Records/Health Statistics Units

NAPHSIS is happy to announce a new national process for accreditation of Vital Records and Health Statistics Units is now available from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). PHAB will begin accepting applications for the new Vital Records and Health Statistics Accreditation Program on April 1, 2019. A state or territorial health department does not have to be PHAB-accredited for the VRHS unit to apply. Interested applicants may learn more about the program requirements the PHAB website.

The PHAB site above also has four learning modules you can access on the (1) accreditation program overview; (2) the accreditation process; (3) the standards and measures; and (4) how to prepare. The website also includes the fee schedule, the PHAB VRHS Standards and Measures, and the VRHS Accreditation Guide.

Who is eligible to apply? Vital Records/Health Statistics (VRHS) Units in the 57 jurisdictional areas identified by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) within the National Vital Statistics Collaborative Program (VSCP) including jurisdictions where statewide vital records are collected from the 50 states, District of Columbia, New York City, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands may apply. VRHS Unit Accreditation Standards and Measures are equally applicable to all eligible applicants, regardless of their organizational structure.

Resources, Training, and Technical Assistance for VRHS Units will be made available by NAPHSIS. The Members Only section of the NAPHSIS website will host a section dedicated to providing tips on selecting your team and getting organized, messaging – how to talk to your partners about accreditation, gaining leadership and staff support, examples of documentation, and preparation for PHAB site visitors to visit and tour your unit. These resources are still in development, but will be available soon.

NAPHSIS will also provide one-on-one consultation and assistance to VRHS units that have applied and need guidance on the seven PHAB topics of registration, security, issuance, data collection, data transmission and reporting, workforce, and administration and management. All webinars, presentations, documentation examples and tip sheets will be available on the Members Only site.

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