Advancing Public Health Law through Health Department Accreditation and the Essential Public Health Services Framework

Concurrent Sessions 2: 10:30 am – 11:45 am, Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The national health department accreditation program provides a unique opportunity to advance law and policy activities. This session will highlight the role of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards in setting national expectations. It will showcase how health departments perform on law/policy standards and the ongoing process to revise them. It will also highlight how law is represented in the newly revised Essential Public Health Services framework, which is the organizing framework for the PHAB standards.


  • Jessica Kronstadt, MPP, Director of Research and Evaluation, Public Health Accreditation Board


  • Matthew Penn, JD, MLIS, Director, Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Naomi Rich, BS, Program Specialist, Public Health National Center for Innovations at the Public Health Accreditation Board