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.