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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 also have access to community and population data and information that provide knowledge concerning the potential or current impact of policies, practices,and capacities. For these reasons, health departments should play a central and active role in the establishment of policies and practices, whenever governing entities, elected officials, governmental departments, and others set policies and practices that have 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: The monitoring and tracking of public health issues that are being discussed by individuals and entities that set policies and practices that impact on public health

Required Documentation Examples
1. Monitoring/tracking of policies under consideration by the governing entity, elected officials, government officials, and/or other entities that set policies and practices that impact public health
Board of health memorandum

Measure purpose: to assess the health department’s ability to maintain knowledge about what policies are being considered in order to ensure that the health department is in a position to influence the development of those policies and their impact on public health.
Measure 5.1.2 A: Engagement in activities that contribute to the development and/or modification of policy that impacts public health

Required Documentation
Examples
1. Contributions to deliberations concerning health policy
 

Measure purpose: to assess the Tribal, state, or local health department’s efforts to contribute to and influence the development and/or modification of Tribal, state, or local policies that impact public health.
Measure 5.1.3 A: Informed governing entities, elected officials, and/or the public of potential intended or unintended public health impacts from current and/or proposed policies

Required Documentation
Examples
1. Information provided to policy makers and/or the public about potential public health impacts of policies that are being considered or are in place
                                                        

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