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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
COLLABORATING CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

picture of planet earth with pictures of faces floating above The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Public Health Practice is one of the most recently designated centers of the WHO family and is located in the Division of Public Health Systems Development and Research (DPHSDR) in the Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. Our contact information is listed in the WHO directory of Collaborating Centers for Health Systems Development and Research. The strategic plan for the Center outlines our mission, vision, objectives and work plan. It also will provide you with information on the depth of our resource base here at PHPPO to which the center has access.

Central to our current work plan is a focus on international collaboration with other regional centers, international organizations, collaborating centers and governments to develop projects that enhance public health infrastructure. The document entitled "Joint Project on Performance Measurement of Public Health Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean", describes one such project in which we have actively partnered with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to develop appropriate methodology to measure public health system performance and capacity, primarily at the level of the National Health Authority for countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) subregion. At a later stage, this effort will be extended to state and local levels in those countries. The methodology used to develop the international instrument is based on similar methodology utilized by the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) - a collaborative program of CDC and seven national public health organizations - to develop instruments to measure performance of State and Local public health practice in the United States. Three NPHPSP instruments are available - for state public health systems, local public health systems, and local governing bodies. The content of the international instrument has however been developed specifically for international use at the country level. The NPHPSP uses their instruments to measure the existing capacity of public health system infrastructure in the United States of America.

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