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Standard 5.1: Expert Resource for Policy Development and Planning


 

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Standard 5.1: Serve as a primary and expert resource for establishing and maintaining public health policies, practices, and capacity

Health departments possess knowledge and expertise on current public health science, evidence-based interventions, and promising practices that are required to develop sound public health policies, practices, and capacities. Health departments should play a central and active role in establishing policies and practices, whenever governing entities, elected officials, and others set policies and practices with public health implications.

 
Required documentation by measure
Keep these considerations in mind when selecting documentation for this standard:
  • Contributions to public health policy deliberations must be within the past 2 years
  • The health department can define the stakeholders involved with the policy development process
Measure 5.1.1 A: Monitor and track public health issues that are being discussed by individuals and entities that set public health policies and practices

Required Documentation Examples
1. Monitoring/tracking public health policies under consideration
        

Measure purpose: to assess the health department's ability to maintain knowledge about what public health policies are being considered in order to be in a position to influence development of these policies.
Measure 5.1.2 A: Engage in activities that contribute to the development and/or modification of public health policy

Required Documentation
Examples
1. Contributions to deliberations concerning health policy
 

Measure purpose: to assess the local health department efforts to contribute to and influence the development and/or modification of local public health policies.
Measure 5.1.3 A: Inform governing entities, elected officials, and/or the public of potential public health impacts, both intended and unintended, from current and/or proposed policies

Required Documentation
Examples
1. Documentation of informing policy makers and/or the public
                                                        

Measure purpose: to assess the health department's activities to provide information about the intended or unintended public health impacts of proposed or current public health policies.