The Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) Framework outlines the unique responsibilities of governmental public health and defines a minimum set of Foundational Capabilities (FCs) and Foundational Areas (FAs) that no community should be without. The FPHS serves as the backbone for infrastructure improvement and transformation efforts by providing a framework by which health departments and health department systems can describe the vital role of governmental public health in a community, identify capacity and resource gaps, determine the cost for assuring the delivery of foundational activities, plan and innovate to build on the Foundational Capabilities and Areas, and justify needs.
PHAB is the home of the national FPHS Framework and provides a variety of tools and resources to support implementation. If you have been thinking about how to integrate the FPHS into your infrastructure improvement and transformation efforts but aren’t sure where to start, we have provided some initial steps and supplemental resources below. Additionally, while the integration of the FPHS Framework can occur within an individual health department, we recommended that health departments work together as a system to ensure that a minimum package of services is available across a geographic area. This system-level approach may include local and/or tribal health departments working in tandem with the state health department and/or alongside key public health partners like a state’s association of city and county health officials (SACCHO).