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Public Health Infrastructure and Systems

icon_phis100pixelLocal public health infrastructure includes the systems, competencies, frameworks, relationships, and resources that enable public health agencies to perform their core functions and essential services. Infrastructure categories encompass human, organizational, informational, legal, policy, and fiscal resources.

NACCHO's infrastructure and systems programs create tools to build local health department (LHD) infrastructure and systems; collect, analyze, and disseminate knowledge and insights from demonstration and pilot sites; lead trainings, informatics, and MAPP; and conduct research to strengthen LHD infrastructure by informing public policy and identifying needs.

PHUND$: Public Health Uniform National Data System

PHUND$ is a web-based public health financial data collection and analysis portal. Local health departments enter financial and demographic data, and PHUND$ generates feedback on financial and operational conditions through ratio and trend analysis, dashboards, benchmarking, and analysis of program financial performance. 

Confidentially is a core value of PHUND$ and, data collected is identifiable only by the reporting agency and NACCHO.

NACCHO provides support and hosts the PHUND$ Web portal. PHUND$ is a joint effort with Peggy Honoré at the University of Southern Mississippi and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Click on the link below to visit PHUND$ and sign up for an account to enter your data and start using the analytical tools.

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Health Equity: Exploring the Economic and Social Dimensions

Richard Hofrichter, NACCHO''s Senior Analyst for Health Equity, contributed "Health Equity: Exploring the Social and Economic Dimensions" to the 2009 edition of America''s Health Rankings, A Call to Action for People and Their Communities.  

The piece asserts that effective action to eliminate health inequities and establish the foundations for health requires organized, systematic efforts by organizations and individuals. The major advances in life expectancy in the U.S. that occurred in the early part of the twentieth century stemmed from massive social change and the movements that supported those changes, such as the end to child labor, the introduction of housing and factory codes, the eight-hour work day, improved wage and work standards, and so forth. Individuals, community leaders, employers, policymakers and health professionals have the responsibility to show leadership through a variety of actions.

To download this portion of America''s Health Rankings please click here. More »