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Future of Public Health Award


The Public Health Foundation (PHF) launched a national award program to promote use of quality improvement (QI) to influence positive outcomes in Winnable Battles. The Future of Public Health Award (FPHA) is a unique opportunity for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to receive on-site technical assistance to build capacity in QI and advance programs to improve outcomes in Winnable Battles.
PHF announced the 2012 Award winners on May 30, 2012. Click below to read their stories:
The Award
The Award recognizes promising proposed initiatives in public health that utilize QI to influence positive outcomes in Winnable Battles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines Winnable Battles as public health priorities that have a large-scale impact on the public’s health in a relatively short timeframe. CDC has identified the following such priorities in public health:  
  • Food Safety
  • Global Immunization
  • Healthcare-associated Infections
  • HIV in the U.S.
  • Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
  • Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Tobacco
Award recipients will receive:  
  • Up to 3 days of on-site technical assistance and training for up to 25 people in basic to advanced QI tools and methods and/or QI project facilitation from one of PHF's QI experts.
  • QI resource materials (e.g., course materials, case-study examples, articles on best-practices).
  • A spotlight feature on PHF’s webpage, allowing professionals and the general public to learn about promising and successful programs in public health treatment and prevention.
  • A featured article in PHF’s E-newsletter distributed to more than 9,000 public health professionals. 
To be eligible for the award, the proposed program must:
  1. be led by a state, tribe, local, or territorial public health department,
  2. focus on one or more Winnable Battles priority areas,
  3. benefit a documented need within an underserved population,
  4. be active in the planning phase at the time of application (e.g., established program goals, identified measurable objectives/outcomes, selected program leader), and 
  5. be able to accept and receive the award of on-site technical assistance within 150 days following award notification. 
Submissions are evaluated by a panel of expert judges. The panel consists of public health experts from CDC and various health departments.
This initiative is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Strengthen and Improve the Nation’s Public Health Capacity through National, Non-Profit, Professional Public Health Organizations to Increase Health Protection and Health Equity.
Future of Public Health Award