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Evaluating the Local Public Health System

Evaluating the Local Public Health System

In February of 2004, SSCHC partners came together to identify public health needs for the seven SSCHC communities.
Using the Local Public Health Assessment Tool, representatives from business, government, local schools and emergency and health and human service providers evaluated the delivery of each of the 10 Essential Services of Public Health within the SSCHC communities. The assessment tool defines the standard for each essential service using related indicators.  This enables community members to compare their local public health system against that standard (Click here for a complete listing of the 10 Essential Services and their related indicators).

During the assessment, participants answered a series of questions that addressed the availability of services, capacity for handling specific events, level and capacity of inter-agency communication and current public health activities. The data was compiled and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for evaluation.