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Public Health Foundation
1300 L Street, N.W.
Suite 800
Washington, D.C., 20005
202-218-4400
Website: www.phf.org
Email: info@phf.org

President
Ron Bialek

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
Sue Madden

Director, TRAIN
Lois Banks

Director, Learning Resource Center
Antoinette Barber

Director, Performance Management and Quality Improvement
Margie Beaudry

Partner description

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is a national, nonprofit, nonmembership organization whose mission is to improve the public’s health by strengthening the quality and performance of public health practice. PHF’s target audience includes public health organizations, practitioners, researchers, teachers, and students; primary care and other healthcare organizations; first-responders; policymakers; media; and the general public.

Selected OSTLTS-funded projects

  • CDC learning materials promotion: PHF is tasked with increasing the reach of CDC’s promotional messages and learning materials through enhanced social media capacity and activities of PHF’s Learning Resource Center.
  • Leadership development: PHF works to enhance the leadership skills of state health department training coordinators (TRAIN administrators).
  • National Public Health Performance Standards Program promotion: PHF works to expand and enhance use of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) assessment instruments, tools, and data by providing partners with information on the impact NPHPSP activities have on promoting and improving public health system performance. PHF also demonstrates how effectively using information and resources from the NPHPSP Online Resource Center and Reporting System can contribute to quality improvement.
  • Performance management and quality improvement training, technical assistance, and resources: PHF provides performance management and quality improvement (PMQI) technical assistance and training to public health agencies and systems and works to expand access to and use of PMQI resources to improve performance and increase positive health impact of public health organizations. PMQI products include onsite training and facilitation workshops; distance coaching and implementation support; white papers, demonstrations, and program narratives; and resources and tools.
  • Promotion of public health as a career for minority populations: PHF piloted a program designed to increase the number of minority undergraduate students who pursue a career in public health with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and is developing a plan to expand the pilot to other colleges and universities with a mission to serve minority populations.
  • Public health professional training: PHF works to increase access to and use of quality training for public health professionals (TRAIN).
  • Public health workforce development support: PHF is funded to enhance academic and practice linkages to support development, recruitment, and retention of a highly skilled and competent public health workforce. This work is accomplished through the development of evidence-supported recruitment and retention strategies; assistance with the use of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals; and establishment of a national Academic Health Department Learning Community.

Selected CDC-funded projects

  • CDC-developed distance learning training: PHF assists CDC in providing access to and the use of CDC-developed distance learning training (TRAIN).
  • Evidence-based interventions promotion: PHF is funded to increase the use of evidence-based interventions by public health departments and systems. Specific strategies include developing a “Public Health Works” video series to demonstrate how recommendations of The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) and quality improvement methods are being used to improve the public’s health; developing and implementing the “I’m Your Community Guide” contest to help promote use of the Community Guide and develop stories about its use; and using a variety of social media strategies to create buzz around use of the Community Guide.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and quality improvement methods: PHF is funded to demonstrate how quality improvement methods can contribute to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and improvement of health outcomes. PHF is providing quality improvement training and technical assistance to selected pilot sites and will produce a final report with recommendations on how this pilot program can be adapted for other STD programs.
  • Workforce development systems and services research: PHF maintains the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Research and Policy at the University of Kentucky for Public Health Systems and Services Research, and the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. These centers for excellence are developing a strategy to enumerate the public health workforce.
 


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