The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century


Report at a Glance

  • Asthma Summary Meeting (PDF)
  • Boufford: Assuring the Public's Health in the 21st Century (PDF)
  • The Committee's Vision (PDF)
  • Flores: Implications for Public Health Practice (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Wahl: Report Synopsis (PDF)

The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century reviews the nation's public health capabilities and presents a comprehensive framework for how the government public health agencies, working with multiple partners from the public and private sectors as an intersectoral public health system, can better assure the health of communities by:

  • Adopting a population health approach that considers the multiple determinants of health
  • Strengthening the governmental public health infrastructure, the backbone of the public health system
  • Building a new generation of intersectoral partnerships
  • Requiring accountability from and among all sectors of the public health system
  • Making evidence the foundation of decision-making
  • Enhancing and facilitating communication within the public health system

The Report Slideshow below is a Powerpoint summary of the report including all recommendations.  Committee members have adapted the presentation for diverse audiences, and their alternate versions are also posted below.  These slides have been made available for use by any members of the public health community who wish to disseminate, present, and discuss the report's key findings and recommendations.  Two of the slide shows include summaries and recommendations from Who Will Keep the Public Healthy: Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century.

When utilizing or adapting these slides, please include a reference to the report, The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century, and to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century who authored the report and slide shows, or in the case of Who Will Keep the Public Healthy, please also include a reference to that report, and to the committee on Educating Public Health Professionals in the 21st Century.