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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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