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The New Essential Public Health Services Framework: Implications for Board of Health

Thursday, November 12, 2020
4pm EST | 3pm CST | 2pm MST | 1pm PST

Presented by:

Jessica Fisher, MCP - Public Health National Center for Innovations (at PHAB)
Katie Sellers - deBaeumont Foundation
Paul Kuehnert - Public Health Accreditation Board


From the aftermath of September 11 to the emergence of new threats, and from chronic and communicable diseases to climate change, the world has changed, and public health practice has adapted to keep pace. The 10 Essential Public Health Services framework was developed in 1994 by a federal working group. It has served as the description of the activities that local public health systems should undertake in all communities. Organized around the three core functions of public health assessment, policy development, and assurance the colorful, circular framework is a familiar graphic in the public health field. Health departments and community partners around the nation organize their work around the Essential Public Health Services framework, schools and programs of public health teach it, and the framework informs descriptions and definitions of practice. PHNCI at PHAB is partnering with the de Beaumont Foundation to review and revise the 10 Essential Public Health Services. The Futures Initiative is aimed at bringing the Essential Public Health Services national framework in line with current and future public health practice. This new effort will engage the public health community in activities to collect information and build consensus for an updated 10 EPHS framework that reflects current and future public health practice needs. The finalized framework will be launched during the PHNCI Innovation Summit & Showcase in June 2020. This session will provide NALBOH participants with the information about the new framework and its implications for their roles in governing public health across the country.


 Handouts will be made available after the live webinar. 

By the Conclusion of this webinar, attendees will be able to

  1. Identify the changes in the Essential Public Health Services Framework.
  2. Relate the elements of the new EPHS framework to the functions of board of health.
  3. Discuss ways that board of health members can use the new EPHS framework in their positions on their board of health.

About the Presenters

 Jessica Solomon Fisher, MCP, is the Chief Innovations Officer at PHAB, where she is responsible for leading the Public Health National Center for Innovations. Prior to joining PHAB in 2015, Jessica was the Senior Advisor for Public Health Programs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. She holds a Master's in Community Planning from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Ohio University.

 Katie Sellers, DrPH, CPH, is the Vice President for Impact at the de Beaumont Foundation. She is responsible for demonstrating the impact of the Foundation's investments and informing decisions about how to achieve the greatest impact. Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie served as Senior Vice President for Science and Strategy at the March of Dimes. She was responsible for the strategic initiatives and scientific foundation of the March of Dimes work to achieve equity and improvements in birth outcomes. She led the Prematurity Campaign Collaborative, the Perinatal Data Center, and the Office of Sponsored Programs, supervising data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation, peer-reviewed publications, program evaluation, grant proposals, grants management, and strategic efforts to promote the March of Dimes mission. Katie also served as Chief Science and Strategy Officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). She led ASTHO's work in research, evaluation and planning, journal publications, public health workforce, and insular area outreach and engagement.

Katie has more than 20 years of experience in public health, with a longstanding interest in and passion for maternal and child health and health equity. She has more than 45 publications, including peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and the Journal of Family Psychology, as well as chapters in edited volumes and textbooks. She received her doctorate in Maternal and Child Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
 Paul Kuehnert is the President and CEO of PHAB, as of January 2, 2020. Prior to coming to PHAB, he was associate vice president's program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where he provides leadership and management direction for the Foundation's work related to leadership and transforming health and health care systems. Coming of age in the 1960s with parents who were faith-community-based activists for peace and justice, it wasn't that big of a surprise to anyone in his family when Kuehnert decided to flout gender norms and become a nurse. What started as a bit of a dare and a way to make ends meet transformed into a vocation when he became a public health nurse early in his career. Serving children and parents in St. Louis' Head Start Program ignited his passion for community-focused health promotion and advocacy passion that just won't quit.

As an executive leader for more than 25 years, Kuehnert has led both governmental and community-based organizations in order to help people lead healthier lives. In the late 1980s he was a founder and later CEO of Community Response, Inc., one of the Chicago area's largest housing, nutrition, and social service providers for people living with HIV/AIDS. He moved to Maine in 1999 and served in the state health department, leading the development of a regional public health system and becoming deputy director of the department in 2005. From 2006 to 2012 when he joined RWJF, Kuehnert was the county health officer and executive director for health in Kane County, Illinois, a metro-Chicago county of 515,000. There he led four department's Public Health, Community Reinvestment, Animal Control, and Emergency Management and worked with leaders from the private and public sectors to create the first county-level master plan in Illinois that integrated health, land use, and transportation.

Kuehnert is a pediatric nurse practitioner and holds the Doctor of Nursing Practice in executive leadership as well as the Master of Science in public health nursing degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow in 2004 and inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2015.