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Developing National Performance Standards for Local Public Health Systems

Bakes-Martin, Rosemary MS, MPH; Corso, Liza C. MPA; Landrum, Laura B. MUPP; Fisher, V. Scott MPH; Halverson, Paul K. DrPH, MHSA

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: September/October 2005 - Volume 11 - Issue 5 - p 418–421
Article: Section 2: Performance Standards

Since the beginning of the 1990s, public health has struggled to measure its performance and capacity to carry out the core functions of public health practice, while facing increasing challenges within the ever-changing landscape of healthcare delivery, bioterrorism response, emerging infections, and other threats to the public's health. The article describes the development of a set of national performance standards for measuring how effectively public health systems deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services. The standards were developed through a practice-driven approach that incorporated comprehensive field testing and iterative revisions. The standards represent a national consensus framework for measuring important aspects of public health practice.

The development of a set of national performance standards for measuring how effectively public health systems deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services are described.

Director of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was formerly Acting Branch Chief for the Performance Standards Branch, Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Bakes-Martin)

Lead public health advisor with the National Public Health Performance Standards Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She formerly worked for the National Association of County and City Health Officials where she served as the Program Manager for the NPHPSP and MAPP programs. (Corso)

Consultant to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials on the National Public Health Performance Standards Program and a participant on NACCHO's MAPP Work Group. (Landrum)

Senior Associate at the National Association of County and City Health Officials working on the MAPP and National Public Health Performance Standards Programs. (Scott Fisher)

Senior Advisor at the Arkansas Department of Health and Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health. He formerly directed the National Public Health Performance Standards Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Halverson)

Corresponding author: Rosemary Bakes-Martin, MS, MPH, El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, 301 S. Union, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (e-mail: rosemarybakes-martin@epchealth.org).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.