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National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS)

The National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS or the Standards) provide a framework to assess capacity and performance of public health systems and public health governing bodies. This framework can help identify areas for system improvement, strengthen state and local partnerships, and ensure that a strong system is in place for addressing public health issues.

NPHPS Factsheet [PDF - 200KB]

NPHPS tools are used to

  • Identify partners and community members in the public health system
  • Engage those partners in health assessment and health improvement planning
  • Promote improvement in agencies, systems, and communities

The NPHPS materials are available for three different audiences: state public health systems, local public health systems, and public health governing entities.

Development, oversight, and support of the NPHPS is a collaborative effort of the following national partner organizations:

  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • National Network of Public Health Institutes
  • Public Health Foundation

Representatives from these organizations were involved in developing, reviewing, testing, and refining the assessment instruments. Their feedback helped ensure that the NPHPS instruments were practice-oriented and user-friendly.

NPHPS Overview: Strengthening Systems, Improving the Public’s Health (PPT [16MB], PDF [1.26MB])

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