In 2002, the Center for Public Health Practice of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta, disseminated The Public Health Competency Handbook: Optimizing Individual and Organizational Performance for the Public's Health, which outlines the critical competencies needed by public health agencies to put newly defined performance standards into practice.
The Handbook also assists health departments in tailoring these competencies to their local situation.
The Rollins School disseminated 2,510 copies of The Public Health Competency Handbook to all local and state health departments in May 2002. The distribution accompanied the release of the National Public Health Performance Standards.
The project team also disseminated the Handbook to all participants at the National Health Performance Standards Summit held in June 2002.
The project team made presentations at the National Association of City and County Health Officials in July 2002 and other meetings.