SEI contracted with the Lassen County Public Health Department (LCPHD) to Prepare and facilitate a LCPHD staff retreat to set the stage for developing the next strategic plan and help orient staff to the public health agency accreditation process as defined by the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The project included sharing research about what’s been shown to contribute to effective teams, time for staff to identify individual and collective strengths on which to build, and an overview of the 10 Essential Elements of Public Health and how they serve as the intersection of the Community Health Assessment (CHA), strategic planning and accreditation processes.