The Public Health Improvement Resource Center has been refreshed and improved to meet the evolving needs of public health improvement professionals. The online database is managed by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), and offers resources developed by colleagues and partners throughout the field to help build and improve public health systems. While there have been collections of improvement materials published before, the Public Health Improvement Resource Center features a unique – and recently updated – search engine that allows users to pinpoint resources based on a variety of crieria and categories.
Through the Advanced Search function, users can filter the hundreds of tools, articles, stories, and other resources in the Public Health Improvement Resource Center by category, including each accreditation domain from Standards and Measures Version 1.5 published by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Resources can also be filtered by each the 10 Public Health Essential Services, and a variety of pertinent topics in public health improvement.
In response to a growing interest in the public health and healthcare sectors jointly addressing community health challenges, the refreshed site includes a new Public Health and Healthcare category of materials. Browse through resources such as nationally distributed reports from leaders in the field, examples of projects that engage both the public health and healthcare sectors, and tools that can be used to increase collaboration between public health and healthcare.
The Public Health Improvement Resource Center also contains resources vetted by staff with experience in public health practice, accreditation, program management, and quality improvement training. Julie Sharp, former Health Data and Quality Coordinator for the Kane (IL) County Health Department and current Quality Improvement and Accreditation Consultant for PHF, has been instrumental in refreshing the site based on her vast experience.
“The Public Health Improvement Resource Center is a great resource for the public health community. Whether your agency is just getting started with the CHA/CHIP process, working intensely on accreditation, or just wanting to learn more, the resource center can help you to build your own culture of improvement. The diversity of resources, and the fact that they are found within one repository, make it an invaluable resource to the field of public health,” Sharp comments.
The renewal of the Public Health Improvement Resource Center does not stop here – you can help the Public Health Foundation to continue growing the valuable database to meet the needs of the field. Share your favorite resources, recommend a new category to filter results, and tell us about the topics you are seeking more materials.
For more information or to share suggestions for the Public Health Improvement Resource Center, email PHF_resources@phf.org