The PHAB Center for Innovation serves as a national initiative guiding health departments in using innovation as a tool to drive change and improve health and equity. The Center for Innovation:

  • Drives public health transformation through collaboration, thought leadership, and systems-based learning.

  • Collaborates with partners to explore how equity is and should be embedded in public health transformation, including developing strategies to implement innovation processes that intentionally include equitable practices.

  • Provides a learning space for health departments’ innovations.

  • Identifies and fosters innovations in health departments and public health system by:

    • Collecting lessons learned and success stories from grantee programs and learning comm
    • Developing and sharing resources, tools, education, and expertise to guide health departments in developing or replication innovations in their community.
    • Connecting innovators within public health and across sectors.
  • Monitors, disseminates, and builds the science of public health innovation.

Our Work

In recognition of The Center for Innovation’s five-year anniversary, we contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct an impact evaluation. View our key accomplishments.

Relationship between Accreditation, Innovation, and Transformation.

The FPHS framework outlines the unique responsibilities of governmental public health and defines the minimum set of services that must be available in every community. Several states are working to transform their governmental public health system using this framework and are participating in the 21C initiative to share their learnings and learn from others. As Foundational Capabilities are being addressed at the state level, PHAB has also identified and infused Foundational Capabilities in its Standards & Measures and Pathways, a recognition program to support local health departments on their performance improvement journey.

Federal funding paired with renewed commitments to achieving health equity presents an opportunity for transformation in public health at all levels. PHAB’s national accreditation program and the Center for Innovation’s focus on public health innovation offers the chance to strengthen health departments and advance public health practice to create conditions for all communities to thrive.