New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

National Public Health Accreditation

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The Office of Policy and Accountability (OPA) is responsible for coordinating the Department’s National Public Health Accreditation program. The goal of the National Public Health Accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments.

Public health accreditation is a national, voluntary, standards-based program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Accreditation standards are based on 12 Domains which include the 10 Essential Public Health Services, Administration and Management, and Governance.

Photograph of people in the auditorium celebrating being newly accreditated.The New Mexico Department of Health was awarded five-year national accreditation status on November 10, 2015 from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The Department represents the largest group of candidates to achieve the prestigious designation since the national accreditation program began in 2011. The Department is currently one of 12 elite state health departments in the country to receive PHAB accreditation.

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has been established to serve as the independent accrediting body. Please visit the Public Health Accreditation Board website for more information.

Working to promote and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of all public health departments in the United States through national public health department accreditation.

In response to the accreditation standards, OPA oversees the development of the three accreditation prerequisites: a State Health Assessment (SHA), Department Strategic Plan (SP), and a State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). OPA is also responsible for facilitating other PHAB accreditation requirements. All of these efforts are designed to improve public health infrastructure, strengthen quality and performance improvement within all public health programs, and improve the partnerships we have throughout the state.

Currently, OPA is developing a sustainability plan, which will describe the Department’s accreditation status and the reaccreditation process for the next five years.


Date Event
October 2011 PHAB began accepting accreditation applications.
March 2012 NMDOH formed accreditation teams.
May 2012 NMDOH submitted the Statement of Intent.
May 2013 NMDOH completed prerequisite documents, and applied for accreditation.
May 2014 NMDOH selected documentation for each measure, uploaded the documentation into e-PHAB, and submitted it to PHAB.
December 2014 NMDOH participated in the PHAB site visit at the Runnels building.
July 2015 NMDOH submitted its PHAB action plan.
November 2015 NMDOH becomes 1 of 12 state health departments to receive PHAB accreditation.