Measuring Progress in Public Health Finance

Professionals in the field of Public Health Finance have the goals put forth in the 2007 Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) Public Health Finance issue within their grasp.

The field of Public Health Finance has been gathering momentum since 2005; that year, scholars gathered in Philadelphia for the First Annual Public Health Finance Roundtable. In October 2012, with continued support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), leaders and scholars will convene the eighth Roundtable.

JPHMP has been central in the development of Public Health Finance methodologies and policies. JPHMP is the only journal to have dedicated entire issues to the subject. JPHMP has published two such issues; this editorial introduces a third.

Key Findings:

  • The Public Health Uniform Data Systems (PHUDS) will soon be able to generate immediate benchmarking and ratio and trend analysis.
  • The Public Health Finance & Management (PHF&M) website will provide training, education, multilevel data, and a collection of literature.

RWJF has led the charge on Public Health Finance over the past decade. Other key organizations include the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO); the Universities of Southern Mississippi, North Carolina-Chapel Hill and LSU; and the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness.