The US public health system’s infrastructure serves as the foundation for planning, delivering, evaluating, and improving public health.
Public health services depend on basic infrastructure such as up-to-date information systems, health professionals who are competent in crosscutting and technical skills, and public health organizations with the capacity to assess and respond to community health needs.
The Environmental Scan was completed to better understand current weaknesses and challenges that are impacting the US public health system’s infrastructure and to identify opportunities for addressing these issues.
The purpose of this report is to synthesize recently published literature and highlight tangible recommendations regarding the core components needed to build a modern and more effective U.S. public health system capable of protecting and improving the public’s health in a post-pandemic environment.
The purpose of this report is to provide both tactical and strategic frameworks to assist users engaged in modernizing public health structures, systems, and practice. GLIDEPATH FPH also incorporates aspects of both adaptive and strategic processes utilized in the Georgia Health Policy Center’s Leading Through Health Systems Change Planning Tool. Adaptive and strategic processes are also informed by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) podcast series, featuring interviews with leading health officials and experts who provide insight based on hard-learned lessons uncovered during the pandemic. Senior leaders in health departments and nonprofit public health organizations are heavily engaged in strategic planning efforts to build a strong public health system.