Healthy Practices. Healthy People. Healthy Places.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For more than 40 years, this national, non-profit organization has been creating new information and helping health agencies and other community health organizations connect to and more effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen the workforce.
PHF is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 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.Resources
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 Memory Jogger II
, and the National Public Health Performance Standards Program