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Sharing Ideas. Inspiring Innovation in Public Health.

As public health departments adapt to meet the growing and changing needs of their communities, experts say there is a need for strategic coordination to help incubate and share innovative ideas. 

The Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) was established to help foster a multi-sector learning community that will help identify and test new and innovative practices to improve public health capacity. In this role, PHNCI serves as the hub for national public health innovations.

Public Health Accreditation Board and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

PHNCI is the brainchild of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), with support and funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

At the core of PHNCI’s initial body of work is a learning community comprised of three pilot states (Ohio, Oregon, and Washington) implementing the transformations required to provide the foundational public heath services and ensure health equity. 

These innovations will serve as pathways for the nation’s health departments as they work to be conveners, providers and strategists that our communities need to improve health and well-being.

To meet the needs of the 21st century, we need innovative public health practices that build on the work of non-health sectors to transform the health of the population. Pamela G. Russo, MD, Senior Program Officer, RWJF

PHNCI's work is guided by an Advisory Committee, comprised of national leaders and subject matter experts.

Moving forward, PHNCI will continue to focus on health development, testing and dissemination of models of innovation and will serve as the coordinating body for a number of allied, national initiatives being applied at health departments across the country. 

PHNCI will encourage innovations in public health, in part, by engaging a network of stakeholders, including representatives from all levels of public health practice, health policy, financing, and other sectors.