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Advancing the public health workforce to achieve organizational excellence
About PHF

​​​​​​Equitable and Optimal Health and Well-being for All​.

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to advance the public health workforce to achieve organizational excellence. 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 works extensively to convene stakeholders, identify unmet needs, and link academia, public health practice, and healthcare sectors.

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.

Key Programs, Services, and Projects
  • TRAIN Learning Network - the trusted leader in providing training and other learning opportunities to public health, healthcare, behavioral health, preparedness, and other health professionals, which helps over 3 million public health and healthcare professionals build skills and competence.
  • Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice​a consortia of 24 national public health and healthcare organizations enhancing collaboration between academia and public health practice, developing consensus, and taking action to improve the education, practice, and research of professionals and organizations.
  • Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals - consensus-developed competencies used widely by thousands of agencies and universities to train their workforce.
  • Population Health Driver Diagram - a framework used to facilitate cross-sector alignment and collaboratively address emerging or current public health issues, including opioid management.
  • Over 100 quality improvement tools - resources​ that help hundreds of agencies operate more efficiently and effectively and improve the health of communities
About PHF