In 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national public health organizations developed the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) as a means to improve the quality of public health. By assessing their public health system against standards, agencies can develop plans to strengthen their system and improve health.
The Waukesha County Public Health Division conducted a pilot assessment in October 2008 and a full assessment in April 2009. Over 80 members of the Waukesha County public health system, representing over 40 entities from health, medical, social services, geriatric services, business and other sectors, participated in the assessment. These included individuals from governmental and non-governmental sectors.
The results of the process point to strengths as well as opportunities for improvement in the ten essential public health services. These ten services provide the definition of public health activity by describing basic responsibilities in a public health system. These same ten essential services apply to every public health system – whether at the local community, state, or national level.
If further information is desired, please contact the Public Health Division at 262-896-8430, or toll-free at 1-800-540-3620.
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