Developing an understanding of state governmental public health services

A common understanding of the role of governmental public health at the state level will help to demonstrate performance, promote accountability, and strengthen interactions between partners. However, there is currently no shared definition of the public health services a citizen should be able to expect from his or her state government. The purpose of this project is to explore the feasibility of developing a common, consistent understanding of core state-level public health services. The project will inform the Foundation's program strategy to develop tools that improve the performance, accountability, impact and visibility of state and local public health agencies. The project is related to several projects currently supported by the Foundation including the development of an operational definition for local public health agencies and the Exploring Accreditation project. The deliverables for this project are: (1) the establishment of a task force to develop a plan to define core state public health services; (2) a white paper characterizing the range of governmental public health services currently provided at the state level; and (3) a communications plan to disseminate information to relevant partners. This project represents the first phase of a multi-phase strategy. The grantee will develop a framing document during this phase that will outline the next phases of the project. Additional funding sources will also be identified for additional phases of the project during the grant period.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $233,848.00

Awarded on: 12/22/2005

Time frame: 12/15/2005 - 7/31/2007

Grant Number: 55274


Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 450
Arlington, 22202-3740


Michael G. Dickey
Project Director