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National Public Health Institutes

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (fourth from left) and Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS) Director Martha Opsina (fifth from left) celebrate the official opening of the Public Health Emergency Operations Center at INS.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (fourth from left) and Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS) Director Martha Opsina (fifth from left) celebrate the official opening of the Public Health Emergency Operations Center at INS.

To better organize and coordinate public health expertise and systems, we are working with countries to strengthen an interconnected base of national public health institutes, like CDC, throughout the world. The goal is a global network of accountable, efficient, proactive, and science-focused public health agencies that use data to drive decision-making and contain global health threats at their source.

Public Health Bulletin Guidance

A public health bulletin (PHB) is a government’s primary communications channel for timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information. CDC’s MMWR is an example of a PHB. With funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, CDC created A National Public Health Bulletin: Considerations for its Development for governments interested in producing national PHBs.

The publication is a resource for getting started, and includes the following content:

  • Rationale for producing a PHB;
  • Qualities that distinguish it from other government-sponsored public health documents;
  • Activities and standard operating procedures to produce and distribute a PHB; and,
  • Templates of work plans, position descriptions, communication strategies, and budgets.

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