ArticleUse of National Public Health Performance Standards to Assess Maine's Diabetes SystemJoly, Brenda M. PhD, MPH; O'Rourke, Karen MPH; Tilson, Hugh H. MD, DrPH; Leonard, James F. MSWAuthor Information Brenda M. Joly, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Research Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, Augusta. Karen O'Rourke, MPH, is Vice President, Operations, Maine Center for Public Health, Augusta. Hugh H. Tilson, MD, DrPH, is Clinical Professor, Public Health Leadership Program, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill. James F. Leonard, MSW, is Program Director, Maine Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Division of Chronic Disease, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Augusta. Corresponding author: Brenda M. Joly, PhD, MPH, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, 295 Water St, Augusta, ME 04330 (e-mail: [email protected]). The authors wish to thank everyone who participated in the assessment process. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January-February 2007 - Volume 13 - Issue 1 - p 68-71 Buy AbstractIn Brief In the fall of 2003, Maine underwent a rigorous assessment of the diabetes public health system using a modified version of the State Public Health System Performance Instrument developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Public Health Performance Standards Program and other national partners. The assessment was intended to serve as the impetus for the development of a statewide improvement plan. This article details the assessment process and provides a case study highlighting the successful application of systems-based model standards for a categorical issue. This article details the assessment of Maine's diabetes public health system using a modified version of the State Public Health System Performance Instrument developed by the CDC and other national partners, highlighting the successful application of systems-based model standards for a categorical issue. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.