The NPHPS is based on the ten Essential Public Health Services, and is designed to assist state and local public health systems, and local governance entities in assessing and improving their public health systems or boards of health. The State Public Health System Assessment Instrument focuses on the state public health system, which includes state public health agencies and other partners that contribute to public health services at the state level. The State Public Health System Performance Assessment measures the capacity and infrastructure of state public health systems and helps states to recognize where improvements can be made.
The latest version of the Assessment, Version 3.0, is now available for download. Please see links below.
The links above are for the State versions of the Performance Standards. Click here for the Local Public Health System Assessment, hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials or the Public Health Governing Entity Assessment, hosted by the National Association of Local Boards of Health.
For further information about the Performance Standards or for technical assistance, please contact Denise Pavletic.
Note: There are a number of limitations to the NPHPS assessment data due to self-report, wide variations in the breadth and knowledge of participants, the variety of assessment methods used, and differences in interpretation of assessment questions. Data and resultant information should not be interpreted to reflect the capacity or performance of any single agency or organization within the public health system or used for comparisons between jurisdictions or organizations. Use of NPHPS generated data and associated recommendations are limited to guiding an overall public health infrastructure and performance improvement process for the public health system as determined by organizations involved in the assessment.