Public Health Professional: Programs


The following listing is designed to streamline the way organizations exchange information. Our goal is to improve access to tools and strategies.


Public Health Systems & Best Practices Policy
Strong public health systems are critical for protecting public health. Learn about the 10 Essential Public Health Services and other best practices that can strengthen public health systems.


National Voluntary Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports the implementation of a national voluntary accreditation program for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.

Programmatic Connections
Considerable work has been done to identify and build connections between Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards and public health programs, key initiatives, and emerging topics of interest to the public health community.

Benefits & Impacts
Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has recognized health departments that meet national standards that ensure they provide essential public health services in their communities.

CDC's Role
CDC’s National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce (Public Health Infrastructure Center) provides support to national partner organizations on accreditation.

Partners in Accreditation Readiness
Resources that can help state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments prepare for accreditation.

Performance Management and Quality Improvement

Data and Benchmarks
The following resources can aid health departments in identifying data and benchmarks for performance.

Definitions and Concepts
Provides common definitions for public health performance management.

Training & Professional Development

Strategies for Training & Professional Development
Training and professional development strengthen the public health workforce by helping professionals learn new skills and advance their careers.

Supporting the Performance Improvement Workforce
Highlights activities include trainings, conferences, learning communities, and programs designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of public health professionals.

Public Health Professionals: Competencies
Learn about Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and other discipline-specific competency frameworks used by public health organizations.

Budgets, Grants, and Funding

Direct Assistance
CDC's direct assistance (DA) program is a financial assistance mechanism. It is used to support payroll and travel expenses of CDC employees assigned to state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies. These common questions will help determine which departments can access DA and how to use it.

About Expediting the Grant Process With an Administrative Partner
Partnering with an Administrative Partner (AP) can help increase the competitiveness of the health department in applying for and accepting federal funding, and expedite implementation of grant activities. Interested in ways to expedite the federal grant process? An AP may be a solution.

New Health Officials

CDC Orientation
CDC’s New Health Official Orientation is an annual orientation for new health officials that is hosted by the National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce (Public Health Infrastructure Center).

Support Framework

Public Health Finance and Infrastructure Support Framework
To educate and inform state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments about resources, frameworks, and strategies in public health finance, helping them enhance funding awareness and support for public health practice and infrastructure.