Public Health Accreditation - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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Public Health Accreditation

Public Health

Public health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.
“When we build our tribal public health capacity, we’re preventing disease, we’re promoting health, we’re honoring our own culture and traditions. In modern times, it just has a different name – public health.”


Stacy Bohlen, CEO
National Indian Health Board

Public Health Accreditation

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) oversees a national, voluntary accreditation program for state, local, territorial and tribal public health departments. Launched in 2011, public health accreditation is a relatively new process.


In order to continue to provide services that meet and exceed nationally recommended levels, Yellowhawk has started the process of applying for accreditation.


There are seven steps to accreditation:

  1. Pre-application
  2. Application
  3. Document Selection & Submission
  4. Site Visit
  5. Accreditation Decision
  6. Reports
  7. Reaccreditation


Yellowhawk is currently completing step 3 of the process, document selection and submission


  • Collaborated with Umatilla and Morrow counties to release Community Health Assessment
  • Yellowhawk staff work to complete the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center 2017-2019 Strategic Plan
  • Community Health Assessment results were shared with the community and used to determine health priority areas of obesity, diabetes, drug and alcohol use and mental health
  • Yellowhawk awarded Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative from the National Indian Health Board


  • Yellowhawk received approval from the CTUIR Health Commission to submit an application to PHAB. This application shows Yellowhawk’s commitment to the accreditation process.
  • Yellowhawk awarded another round of funding from the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative from the National Indian Health Board to support accreditation activities
  • Yellowhawk selected as a host site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Associate Program. A Public Health Associate begins work at Yellowhawk as the Public Health Accreditation Coordinator.


  • Yellowhawk awarded Support for Tribal Accreditation Readiness and Success grant from Seven Directions, an indigenous public health institute.