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Leading through Health System Change - National Network for Public Health Institutes

The new and improved Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool supports public health departments and their partners in navigating challenges and opportunities introduced by health reform.

Developed collaboratively by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Planning Tool guides leaders like you through a five-step journey—from understanding the questions to creating implementation plans.

At no cost, your organization’s leaders can use the tool individually or with a team to:

  • Examine the basics of health reform,
  • Think through the tough questions raised and introduced by health reform and health system transformation,
  • Apply adaptive thinking to questions related to health system change, and
  • Create an implementation plan that leverages opportunities created by the law.

To learn more about how the Planning Tool can help your organization and support your work visit

Local Board of Health Profile

The Local Board of Health National Profile contains the most up to date information on local board of health functions and characteristics. Findings provide an overview of the important role local boards of health play in our public health system, including how they serve as a link to local health departments by establishing health priorities, approving budgets, and overseeing local public health regulations. 

Visit to learn more about local board of health services and functions from the study. 

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps 101

Have you heard of our program but would like to learn more?  Watch a recording to learn why we rank and why rankings are useful; our model and measures; how to use the Rankings to ignite action in your community; our tools and resources; and the RWJF Culture of Health Prize.  

Governing Entity Assessment Version 3.0

Want to strengthen and improve your Board of Health? NALBOH is pleased to announce the release of the National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS) Governing Entity Assessment Version 3.0. This version has been significantly streamlined and provides strategies to help improve your Board of Health and the jurisdiction's health for years to come! The Governance Assessment can help you make more effective policy, program, and resource decisions for your community.

For the Public Health Governing Entity Assessment and Handbook, please go to NACCHO’s Performance Standards page.

Tobacco Resources

Board of Health: Tobacco Control Law Success Stories

Smoke-free Policy Guidelines for Boards of Health

Legal Authority for Tobacco Control (3rd Edition)

 More resources will be added as they become available!