In collaboration with the Ohio Association of Boards of Health, the Kent State University College of Public Health is pleased to make available a series of short continuing education modules that local boards of health may use to fulfill their continuing education requirements in Ohio Administrative Code Section 3701-36-03.


This first module created by retired Mahoning County Health Commissioner Patricia Sweeney reviews Ohio laws pertaining to open records and meetings for local boards of health (15:38 minutes)

Please log in to your OABH account to follow the link.

2019 Education materials and the Orientation Manual are located in the Library under the member tab.

Governance Resources

Public Health Governance includes evidence-based policy development that informs decision-making on issues related to public health by upholding the key governance principles of fairness, accountability, transparency and participation. – World Health Organization

Governance in Action for Public Health: Michigan Public Health Training Center

The course draws upon the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) Six Functions of Public Health Governance, and includes modules with short recorded segments (10-15 minutes each), examples from the field, optional discussion topics, and suggested resources. Registration is found here. The modules are as follows:

  • Public Health: A Primer – Part A
  • Public Health: A Primer – Part B
  • Operating as a Board of Health
  • Financing Public Health
  • Contributing to Health Equity
  • Partnerships to Improve Health Outcomes
  • Supporting Population Health through Policy and Advocacy
National Association of Local Boards of Health: Sponsored Webinars

NALBOH hosts 3-4 Webinars with governance specific significance each year. Each webinar features a national speaker and lasts up to an hour.

Their webinar archive includes offerings back through 2015. Members can access the training site here.

The Network for Public Health Law

From regional meetings and conferences to webinars and workshops, The Network for Public Health Law there are abundant opportunities for public policy-makers and advocates to expand their understanding of and build connections in the public health law field.

Learn more about their free webinars and events here.

Accreditation Resources

Boards of Health play an integral role in achieving and maintaining national public health accreditation and the Ohio Association of Boards of Health can help Board members stay up to date with PHAB requirements and knowledge.

Specifically, Ohio’s Boards of Health can help in the national public health accreditation process by:

  • Elevating its leadership, support, resource stewardship, and advocacy roles;
  • Being engaged throughout the accreditation process;
  • Ensuring the health department’s readiness to meet accreditation standards;
  • Supporting the agency’s efforts to meet or exceed the requirements of the PHAB standards and measures;
  • Participating in the planning, preparation, implementation, and follow-up of accreditation events; and,
  • Supporting the continuous quality improvement activities for sustained excellence.

Ohio’s 113 local health districts help protect and improve the health of their communities by providing the quality public health services that Ohioans expect and deserve. Accreditation by the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) demonstrates that health districts are meeting or exceeding a common set of national standards; have the capacity to provide core public health services; and are continually striving to improve service, value and accountability to stakeholders. National accreditation is validation that a public health department is capable of providing public health services at an appropriate scale for its community and has the capability to help improve population health.

PHAB’s Domain 12 focuses on the relationship between the health department and its governing entity, but Boards of Health play an integral role in achieving and maintaining national public health accreditation. The Ohio Association of Boards of Health can help Board members stay abreast of PHAB requirements and knowledge.

The Ohio Local Public Health Accreditation Support Project
Provides training and technical assistance to local health departments as they pursue national public health accreditation. The accreditation support project contributes to research of best practices for accreditation readiness and successful completion of accreditation requirements.


PHAB’s initial accreditation assesses a health department’s capacity to carry out the ten Essential Public Health Services; manage an effective health department; and, maintain strong and effective communications with the governing entity. Reaccreditation is necessary for a health department to continue to be designated as accredited. Reaccreditation focuses on assessment of an accredited health departments continued improvement and advancement thereby becoming increasingly effective at improving the health of the population they serve. PHAB is a 501(c)(3) organization.

PHAB Reaccreditation Resources

Once accredited, a public health department remains accredited for five years. In order to maintain national accreditation, the health department must apply for and achieve reaccreditation. The requirements and process to become reaccredited are different from those for initial accreditation. Below are some resources to help you understand what is involved in reaccreditation.
PHAB Public Health Department Reaccreditation
PHAB reaccreditation FAQs

Position Papers and External Documents

A Transformed Health System in the 21st Century.
ASTHO White Paper (2017)

NACCHO’s 2019 Federal Legislative and Policy Agenda

The Governance Functions