Developing national performance standards for local public health systems

Rosemary Bakes-Martin, Liza C. Corso, Laura B. Landrum, V. Scott Fisher, Paul K. Halverson

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Since the beginning of the 1990s, public health has struggled to measure its performance and capacity to carry out the core functions of public health practice, while facing increasing challenges within the ever-changing landscape of healthcare delivery, bioterrorism response, emerging infections, and other threats to the public's health. The article describes the development of a set of national performance standards for measuring how effectively public health systems deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services. The standards were developed through a practice-driven approach that incorporated comprehensive field testing and iterative revisions. The standards represent a national consensus framework for measuring important aspects of public health practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-421
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005


  • Essential Public Health Services
  • Performance measurement
  • Performance standards
  • Public health infrastructure
  • Public health practice
  • Public health systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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