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Essential Public Health Functions

What are the Essential Public Health Functions

The Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF) are the fundamental set of actions that should be performed in order to achieve public health’s central objective: improving the health of populations.

The Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), through the Public Health in the Americas Initiative, defined the eleven Essential Public Health Functions necessary to strengthen public health practice, and developed a methodology that allows countries to evaluate their public health capacity.

The Essential Public Health Functions are the following:

Monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of health status
Surveillance, research, and control of the risks and threats to public health
Health promotion
Social participation in health
Development of policies and institutional capacity for public health planning and management
Strengthening of public health regulation and enforcement capacity
Evaluation and promotion of equitable access to necessary health services
Human resources development and training in public health
Quality assurance in personal and population-based health services
Research in public health
Reduction of the impact of emergencies and disasters on health
 

Taller para la Adaptación y fortalecimiento de las funciones esenciales de salud pública (FESP). San Salvador, El Salvador. 28–30 junio, 2011

El taller tiene como objetivos el  revisar y discutir la incorporación de las Redes Integradas de Servicios de Salud con enfoque de Atención Primaria de Salud renovada como atributos necesarios para las funciones esenciales de salud, así como el enfoque metodológico para su evaluación y fortalecimiento; y proponer lineamientos para la adaptación y desarrollo metodológico de instrumento de evaluación y fortalecimiento y su aplicación en los países de la Región, entre otros.

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Methodology Documents, tools for evaluation of Essential Public Health Functions - EPHFs

The Essential Public Health Functions (EPHF) are the fundamental set of actions that should be performed in order to achieve public health’s central objective: improving the health of populations.

The Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), through the Public Health in the Americas Initiative, defined the eleven Essential Public Health Functions necessary to strengthen public health practice, and developed a methodology that allows countries to evaluate their public health capacity.

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Public Health in the Americas: Conceptual Renewal, Performance Assessment, and Bases for Action

The Public Health in the Americas Initiative was launched in 2002 to create a common concept of public health and its essential functions in the Americas.

The Initiative established the basis for achieving a regional commitment to strengthening public health in the Americas. This included developing a methodology to measure the performance of the EPHF, and offering support for the self-assessment of each country’s public health status.

 

 
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