Domain 5 - Policies and Plans

Standard 5.1

Serve as a primary and expert resource for establishing and maintaining public health policies, practices, and capacity.

Health departments possess knowledge and expertise on current public health science, evidence-based interventions, and promising practices that are required to develop sound public health policies, practices, and capacities. Health departments also have access to community and population data and information that provide knowledge concerning the potential or current impact of policies, practices, and capacities. For these reasons, health department should play a central and active role in the establishment of policies and practices, whenever governing entities, elected officials, governmental departments, and others set policies and practice that have public health implications.

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