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Emerging Public Health Initiatives: Foundational Public Health Services

Navigate the dynamic landscape of emerging public health initiatives while delving into the core principles of foundational public health. Explore the intersection where innovation meets time-tested strategies, shaping healthier futures and stronger communities.

The Public Health Leadership Forum

The Public Health Leadership Forum, funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, has worked to create a “minimum package of services” needed for all health departments. It focuses on the suite of skills, programs, and activities that must be available in state and local health departments everywhere for the health system to work anywhere, and for which costs could be estimated. The result was a conceptual framework describing both the foundation and programs that no health department should be without.

An expanded factsheet contains detailed definitions of the public health infrastructure and programs required for health departments to provide basic protections to the communities they serve. 

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Foundational Public Health Services

Foundational Public Health Services include:

  • Foundational Areas are those substantive areas of expertise or program-specific activities in all state and local health departments also essential to protect the community’s health.
  • Foundational Capabilities are cross-cutting skills and capacities needed to support the foundational areas, and other programs and activities, key to protecting the community’s health and achieving equitable health outcomes.

Other areas of locally defined significance include:

  • Programs and Activities Specific to a Health Department or a Community’s Needs are those determined to be of additional critical significance to a specific community’s health and also are supported by the foundational capabilities and areas.


Learn more at Foundational Public Health Services.

In some capacity, Lake Cumberland District Health Department engages in all the Foundational Public Health Services. The Kentucky Health Departments Association has developed a crosswalk (see below) that translate such into the “cost centers” to which we code our work time.