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We improve public health and population health practice to support healthier communities
About PHF

Healthy Practices. Healthy People. Healthy Places.

The Public Health Foundation (PHF), a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC, improves public health and population health practice to support healthier communities. Since 1970, PHF has developed effective resources, tools, information, and training for health agencies, organizations, and individuals to help improve performance and community health outcomes.

PHF is an independent, non-membership organization, governed by an 11-member Board of Directors composed of two state health officers, two local public health officers, one local board of health member, and six individuals from academic, private sector, and other public health agency settings.


Public health systems need access to data and applied public health research in order to make evidence-based policy decisions, strengthen their infrastructure, and improve their performance. To help build this science base, PHF:

  • Conducts applied research
  • Compiles and presents data
  • Advances the field of public health systems research
In addition to the reports discussed above, PHF offers resources through its online store, the Learning Resource Center, its online learning management system, TRAIN, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, and the Public Health Improvement Resource Center.


One of PHF's specialties is assisting health departments in performance improvement. A number of tools and programs are available including technical assistance services, the Public Health Memory Jogger II, and the National Public Health Performance Standards Program.
About PHF