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National Network of Public Health Institutes
1515 Poydras Street
Suite 1200
New Orleans, LA 70112

Washington, D.C. office:
1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Kimbrell, MA, LCSW

Associate Director
Sarah Gillen, MPH

Partner description

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is a national membership network with the mission of promoting multisector activities resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes. NNPHI is dedicated to the vision of improving public health through innovation and serves over 30 public health institutes around the nation, as well as a growing number of emerging institutes.

Selected OSTLTS-funded projects

  • Improve the quality of public health practice and the performance of public health systems: The primary purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of state and local public health systems to conduct performance standards assessment and engage in performance improvement activities. Program goals include collaboration with CDC to coordinate the National Public Health Performance Standards Program partnership; developing, implementing, and evaluating training and technical assistance opportunities related to performance assessment and improvement; and promoting the program to potential state, local, and governance users.
  • NNPHI leadership: NNPHI convenes and supports collaboration among public health institutes and multisector partners, including state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.
  • Public Health Leadership Society: The Public Health Leadership Society (PHLS) serves the alumni of the various national, regional, state, and international public health leadership institutes with webinars, programs, and products to develop their leadership and managerial competencies.  PHLS has a membership of more than 500 public health leaders representing 49 states and the District of Columbia.  PHLS is home for the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health [PDF-199KB] (also referred to as the Code of Ethics).

Selected CDC-funded projects

  • African-American disparities social marketing project: NNPHI is funded to implement and evaluate a CDC-developed health communication/social marketing program in two pilot communities (Washington, D.C. and Baton Rouge, LA), benefiting from formative research conducted by CDC and RTI International, as well as local community input.  The pilot projects will contribute to evidence-based materials that will have potential to be packaged as a toolkit for broader implementation. This project leverages the expertise of two NNPHI members: the Institute for Public Health Innovation and the Louisiana Public Health Institute.
  • Agricultural policy as a means to promote health: NNPHI will convene national public health interest organizations and national agricultural interest organizations to evaluate and promote the population-based health impacts of current and proposed agricultural policies. This project leverages the expertise of the Public Health Institute, an NNPHI member.
  • Assessing the Community Guide’s use for disability populations: NNPHI is funded to assess the generalizability of recommended interventions in the Community Guide to persons with disabilities including people with limitations in mobility, vision, hearing, communication or cognition.  The intent is to maximize the capacity of states and communities to implement effective prevention and health promotion programs that reach people with disabilities consistent with the heightened focus on disability in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This project leverages the expertise of the Public Health Institute, an NNPHI member.
  • Behind the counter emergency contraception: NNPHI is exploring the viability of screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in pharmacies (via minute clinic and  sexually transmitted diseases (STD) take-home kits) for people purchasing emergency contraception; evaluating the usefulness of the kits as a method of detecting STDs; and determining the prevalence of infection among this population. This project leverages the expertise of Public Health Solutions, an NNPHI member.
  • Capacity building assistance to strengthen public health infrastructure and performance: NNPHI provides capacity building assistance to state, territorial, local, and tribal public health departments through strategic adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of best or promising practices in performance management, leadership development, public health system redevelopment, and evaluation of workforce development.
  • Connecting adolescents to reproductive health care: This project evaluates barriers to implementation of the Project Connect Health Systems Intervention and aims to link youth to sexual and reproductive health care services. This project leverages the expertise of the Michigan Public Health Institute, an NNPHI member.
  • Controlling junk foods and the bottom line: The goal of this project is to better understand the strategies and factors that make implementation of strong nutrition standards financially tenable in order to inform efforts in other schools and districts. Specifically, the Illinois Public Health Institute will develop a series of cases studies to examine financially neutral and beneficial implementation of strong nutrition standards for competitive foods in schools. This study seeks to answer concerns from educators, advocates, and others that strong nutrition standards would adversely affect school finances. The ultimate goal for the project is to publish a compilation of 8–9 cases studies of schools and districts that implemented strong nutrition standards while maintaining or improving their financial position.
  • Infectious disease focused health impact assessment:  This CDC-NNPHI project examines how CDC, using a Health in All Policies approach and Health Impact Assessment as a tool, can make a public health contribution to a community redevelopment effort that is supported by the Department of Defense and managed by a local entity (McPherson LRA). Focusing on the closure of the Fort McPherson military base, this project is assessing the feasibility of elevating the importance of infectious disease prevention (i.e., STDs) in the context of community change and redevelopment.  The assessment is also examining the potential impact of redevelopment plans and policies that enable redevelopment, on infectious disease prevention opportunities.  An additional goal of this project is to develop baseline data measures that could be used to longitudinally examine changes in community health and transformation using infectious disease morbidity, sustained prevention, and sexual health promotion efforts as an indicator of community health. This project leverages the expertise of the Georgia Health Policy Center, an NNPHI member.
  • Internet partner services and technology technical assistance: NNPHI provides technical assistance to state and local health departments to develop and implement Internet-based partner services (IPS) guidelines and programs, as well as provides technical assistance to STD and HIV programs in order to adapt new and emerging technologies for prevention efforts.  NNPHI will work with state and local health departments to develop local IPS guidance; train state and local disease intervention specialists on IPS; raise awareness of state and local policy makers about the importance of IPS; and identify and find strategies to overcome existing barriers (such as firewalls and political or bureaucratic barriers) to IPS.
  • Leadership in community benefit to support community transformation planning under the Affordable Care Act: NNPHI is engaging the Public Health Institute, National Association of County and City Health Officials, and others to form an expert panel and consensus report that will review the current state of community health assessment (CHA) practice and make recommendations to CDC regarding opportunities for increased alignment and efficiency. New provisions in the Affordable Care Act contain a change to the Internal Revenue Service code, effective in tax year 2012, requiring nonprofit hospitals to conduct a CHA and develop a strategy for meeting identified needs. Local health departments seeking accreditation under the national, voluntary public health agency accreditation program will also need to conduct a CHA. However, there is not yet consensus regarding how to leverage this opportunity for aligning CHA among these two groups.  This project leverages the expertise of two NNPHI members (the Public Health Institute and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health), as well as other organizations.
  • Preserving the right to confidential care: The purpose of this project is to build upon existing knowledge and explore ways to preserve confidentiality for adolescents and young adults covered by private insurance when seeking health care services. Public Health Solutions proposes using chlamydia screening as a case study so that efforts may be reproducible for other sensitive services such as HIV testing and treatment, mental health and substance abuse services, and family planning visits. Strengthen and improve the nation’s capacity to increase health protection and health equity: The goal of NNPHI’s proposed activities is to provide capacity building assistance to state, territorial, local, and tribal public health departments through expanding adoption and use of evidence-based approaches and The Guide to Community Preventative Services (Community Guide). This project leverages the expertise of numerous NNPHI members in close partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

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