NNPHI Reports and Presentations

The following reports and presentations highlight the roles of NNPHI and its member institutes within the public health system.  For reports and presentations regarding specific NNPHI programs and initiatives, please visit the Program Areas and eCatalog sections of our website.
  • Defining Healthy Communities  Funded through a Cooperative Agreement with CDC, NNPHI member Health Resources in Action systematically reviewed the websites of 153 organizations engaging in healthy communities work and documented if and how they defined a healthy community. Healthy community principles offered by the organizations as well as the key elements that comprise a healthy community were also explored and catalogued. Additionally, seminal literature including peer reviewed journal articles and gray literature from the Healthy Communities movement and national and international health promotion efforts was examined. One hundred organizations were included in the analysis. Only 11 organizations had formal healthy community definitions. Further, only six organizations presented a formal set of healthy community principles. Although the majority of organizations did discuss key elements necessary to create and maintain a healthy community, few organizations cited specific indicators by which to measure a community’s health status. These key elements fell into two categories: characteristics of a healthy community and processes in which healthy communities engage. It is important to note that the most commonly mentioned characteristics were not related to physical health but were social determinants of health. Findings from this review suggest that the key tenets of the Healthy Communities movement have and continue to influence how healthy community work is conceptualized and implemented. Future healthy community planning efforts should ensure that each community defines its own notion of a healthy community; healthy community process is valued as much as health outcomes; and healthy community process is guided by a set of healthy community principles.
  • Local Policy Database Scan Funded by CDC through a cooperative agreement with NNPHI, this collaborative project led by Illinois Public Health Institute documented the landscape of local policy databases that support healthy communities and recommends options for the potential development of a future national database. This final report confirms a lack of any comprehensive national-level database containing local, healthy communities’ policies and proposed conditions under which such a system might be created. While the definition of healthy communities is evolving, most current policy databases do not reflect the increasing interest in quantitative analysis and policy impact, or the increasing emphasis on public health systems and social determinants of health. Recommendations include creating a forum and process for establishing standards and common criteria for policy databases, and leveraging desirable features of existing databases and tools. While existing databases might be leveraged for future replication, the current interests of practitioners and researchers may require the creation of new models. A framework for evaluating these options is proposed.

  • Dialogue4Health Web Forum: "What can Public Health Institutes do for my Health Department?": Co-sponsored by NNPHI and the Public Health Institute (CA), this webinar highlights the nation's growing number of public health institutes and the work they are doing to complement governmental public health agencies

  • Helping Public Health Institutes Become a Key Player in the "New" Public Health - Strengthening the Nation's Public Health Institutes: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report about how public health institutes are playing a key role in the "new" public health, filling the gap between what communities need to be healthy—places to live, learn, work, and play—and the services that are provided by the governmental public health system   

  • Partnering for the Public's Health: The Role of Public Health Institutes as Fiscal Agents and Intermediaries: CDC Foundation-funded/NNPHI-authored study identifying ways in which public health institutes serve as partners with governmental public health agencies

  • NNPHI and Public Health Institutes: An Overview: PowerPoint overview of NNPHI and its member institutes

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