President and CEO
Public Health Accreditation Board
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a position she has held since 2009. Prior to coming to PHAB, she worked in both local and state public health practice in the Mississippi State Department of Health. Her last position there, for 12 years, was Deputy State Health Officer. She served as Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical School of Nursing and Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing for six years. Dr. Bender chaired the Exploring Accreditation Steering Committee, the precursor study for the establishment of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Public Health Accreditation Board is the national accrediting body for state, local, tribal and territorial health departments in the United States.
She has served on three Institute of Medicine study committees related to public health and an IOM standing committee on credentialing research in nursing. She also serves on the National Board of Public Health Examiners; is an active member of the American Public Health Association and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, where she chairs the Fellow Selection Committee. She was inducted into the MS Nurses Hall of Fame in 2013. She has numerous publications related to governmental public health systems improvement, and has received a number of awards and recognitions both in nursing and in public health.