Program Areas

In addition to serving as the national membership organization for public health institutes (PHIs), NNPHI manages national programs that engage PHIs, the health care delivery system, national partners, and other stakeholders in efforts that result in measurable improvements to public health structures, systems and outcomes. Current NNPHI program areas include:
  • Accreditation and Performance Improvement: NNPHI and its member institutes have long recognized the value of supporting agency and systems improvement and have engaged in many activities towards accreditation and performance improvement in public health. Examples of NNPHI accreditation and performance improvement programs include the National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS) and Strengthening the Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement (COPPHI).

  • Bridging Public Health and Health Care: Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has stimulated transformations within the health care system; and, has also served as an impetus for further exploring the concept of bridging the public health and health care sectors as a mechanism for improving population health. NNPHI and its member institutes have recognized the importance of facilitating long-term, sustainable collaboration between public health and health care to meet the common goal of promoting the health and well-being of all people.

  • Community Health Improvement: NNPHI and its member public health institutes (PHIs) are engaged in numerous Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement (CHIP) initiatives with a broad range of partners, including public health departments, hospitals, and community-based organizations. As neutral conveners with expertise in facilitation, data collection and synthesis, and partner engagement, PHIs are ideally situated to provide support to a range of organizations in their collaborative CHA/CHIP efforts. 

  • Evidence-Based Public Health: NNPHI is committed to an evidence-based approach to public health practice that leverages successful policies and programs that work to make improvements to the public’s health.  Examples of ways in which NNPHI promotes the use of evidence in public health programs include our work with the Guide to Community Preventive Services and the Native Youth Project, both collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

  • Health Equity: Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. NNPHI and its members are engaged in a number of health equity initiatives, including collaborating with the Office of Minority Health and Prevention Institute on the Toolkit for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE), and supporting the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Together on Diabetes learning community.

  • Health in All Policies: NNPHI and its member institutes have extensive expertise in supporting sound decision-making and policy change at all levels, including the work they do to implement public health programs; evaluate programs and the health and needs of communities; and provide training, technical assistance, and resources to partners and communities. NNPHI has a growing portfolio of health policy related projects with its members.  Examples include Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and the Innovations in Public Health Policy Competition.

  • Leadership and Workforce Development: NNPHI has engaged in leadership development since its inception, housing the Public Health Leadership Society (PHLS) for the past decade.  PHLS is an alumni association comprised of graduates of national, state, and regional public health leadership institutes and development programs. PHLS has become a national resource for public health leadership development, leadership consultation, and development of the next generation of public health leaders.

  • Research and Evaluation: NNPHI and its member institutes have extensive experience in implementing research and evaluation systems for a wide variety of public health programs at the local, state, and national levels. Collectively, the evidence-based work of NNPHI and its members contributes to program development, quality improvement, and increased efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. A network-wide commitment to building the evidence-base for public health practice and supporting state and local public health system partners in the use of evidence to inform decisions leads to improved public health policy practice.  Examples of NNPHI research and evaluation programs include Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) and the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII).

  • National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded NNPHI a four-year Cooperative Agreement to serve the nation’s public health workforce through a National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT). The purpose of the NCCPHT is to provide technical assistance to the Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) to enhance their capacity and infrastructure to improve the Nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies of the public health workforce.



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