National Public Health Improvement Initiative

The purpose of the program is to provide support for accelerating public health accreditation readiness activities; to provide additional support for performance management and improvement practices; and, for the development, identification and dissemination of evidence-based policies and practices (i.e.,
best and promising practices.).

This program supports the Healthy People 2020 focus area of addressing Public Health Infrastructure (

Cross-jurisdictional (state, local, tribal, territorial, regional, community, and border) collaborations are encouraged to increase the impact of limited resources, improve efficiency, and to leverage other related health reform efforts/projects.

Measurable outcomes of the program align with the following performance goals:

1) Increased efficiencies (saving time/money) of program services and/or operations,
2) Increased effectiveness ( use of evidence-based policies and practices) Improved health outcome is a example of increased effectiveness., and,
3) Increased readiness for applying to and achieving accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board PHAB.

(More information on accreditation activities can be found on the PHAB web site at

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Roberta Erlwein