Public Health Strategies to Improve Health

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Public Health
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity News and Announcements

Activity Description

On April 10, 2012, The committee released its third and final report—For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future. The report and news release are available at

The committee’s first two consensus reports, on measurement and funding, respectively, have been released and are available at and

A communication tool (slide set with talking points) is available here:


Committee on Public Health Strategies to Improve Health

Statements of Task (SOT)


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has asked the Institute of Medicine to convene a committee to consider three major and related topics in public health. The committee will explore the topics in the context of contemporary opportunities and challenges, and with the prospect of influencing the work of the public health system in the second decade of the twenty-first century and beyond. The committee will prepare three reports—one on each topic—containing actionable recommendations for public health agencies and other actors with roles in U.S. population health.


The committee will review population health strategies, associated metrics, and interventions in the context of a reformed health care system. The committee will review the role of score cards and other measures or assessments in summarizing the impact of the public health system, and how these can be used by policy makers and the community to hold both government and other actors accountable and to inform advocacy for public health policies and practices.


The committee will review how statutes and regulations prevent injury and disease, save lives, and optimize health outcomes. The committee will systematically discuss legal and regulatory authority; note past efforts to develop model public health legislation; and describe the implications of the changing social and policy context for public health laws and regulations.


The committee will develop recommendations for funding state and local public health systems that support the needs of the public after health care reform.  Recommendations should be evidence based and implementable.  In developing their recommendations the committee will:

·        Review current funding structures for public health

·        Assess opportunities for use of funds to improve health outcomes

·        Review the impact of fluctuations in funding for public health

·        Assess innovative policies and mechanisms for funding public health services and community-based interventions and suggest possible options for sustainable funding.

This project is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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