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Public health professionals turn to the Ten Essential Public Health Services to guide and prioritize their work. Turning Point’s tools are invaluable for delivering these services.
Source: Read more about the Essential Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/od/ocphp/nphpsp/EssentialPHServices.htm
1. Monitor Health Status to identify and solve community health problems
2. Diagnose and Investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
3. Inform, Educate, and Empower people about health issues
4. Mobilize Community Partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
5. Develop Policies and Plans that support individual and community health efforts
6. Enforce Laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
7. Link People to needed personal health services
8. Assure Competent public and personal health care workforce
9. Evaluate Effectiveness accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to monitor health status in order to identify and solve community health problems:
Measurement and management are vital for addressing community health problems. This is an essential guide for achieving better results throughout an agency or public health system.
Appropriate use and protection of health information is just one legal aspect addressed in this publication. This is a tool for state, local, and tribal governments to use in improving their public health statutes and administrative rules.
Community health is improved when members of the community are actively part of the process. This is a series of seven learning modules provides skill-building instruction for developing collaborative leaders.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community:
You can search this online catalog of software applications and compare the value and usefulness of technologies used by state and local public health agencies.
This publication provides a framework governments may use in assessing their existing public health laws and identifying the changes they deem necessary, including considerations for equipping public health officials with a range of flexible powers needed to control infectious diseases and other conditions.
Using an easy-to-understand model designed by and for public health agencies, this publication explains the benefits, practical applications, and four core elements of performance management: standards, measures, reporting of progress, and a process for improvement.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to inform, educate, and empower people about health issues:
This comprehensive CD-ROM planning tool and resource library provides step-by-step guidance for developing and documenting a successful social marketing program.
In this publication you will learn from top experts in collaborative leadership about the foundational skills, qualities, and capacities collaborative leaders possess, plus insights for successfully teaching, implementing, and sustaining collaborative leadership.
Use this Web-based resource for evaluating and choosing software applications to support public health activities.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems:
To help individuals get acquainted with collaborative leadership, and to set the stage for further learning, we recommend this tool. It includes hands-on activities, leadership scenarios on video, and opportunities for interaction.
More often than not, community partnerships form around specific health issues or populations. Understanding how to influence the behaviors and choices that affect health is essential for helping coalitions succeed. This publication provides a tutorial in how to use marketing to create voluntary behavior change to improve health or advance some other social good.
Connecting people to information can be critical for community partnerships to succeed. Systems for sharing information are among those evaluated by this Web-based resource of software applications used by state and local public health agencies.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts:
As your group develops policies and plans, it may be helpful to review this publication for a comparison of public health laws across the country.
Help individuals focus on and evaluate key behaviors that are important for effective collaborative leaders by using this resource. The questionnaires can be used either alone to assess one’s collaborative leadership capacity, or as an activity in courses or workshops.
Planning and implementing a successful health promotion campaign will go more smoothly when you use this guide. It includes advice on when and how to be involved in the process, budgeting tips, a sample job description, links to resources, and more.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety:
This Model Act is invaluable for understanding the challenges and opportunities that state, local, and tribal governments face when assessing their existing public health laws and identifying the changes they deem necessary.
Enforcement is made easier with a sound framework for ensuring compliance. This survey may be useful to researchers, or to organizations interested in comparing performance management practices across states.
Information technology can be essential for achieving compliance and meeting enforcement goals. This online catalog is helpful for comparing software applications used by state and local public health agencies.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to link people to needed personal health services:
In this publication you can read a dozen social marketing case studies outlining campaigns to reduce obesity, increase screenings for breast cancer, prevent interpersonal violence, and advance other current health issues.
Linking people to better health may rely on access to timely and accurate information. You can use this Web-based resource to evaluate software applications for this purpose in your own agency or organization.
Read about the performance improvement efforts of five states in these reports. They are designed to help public health professionals gain a better understanding of how to implement the Turning Point performance management model and its four components.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to assure a competent public and personal health care workforce:
Cultivating future leaders is essential for a competent workforce. Use the online handbook for step-by-step instructions for planning and creating an innovative leadership development program.
Public health professionals benefit from social marketing skills especially in the areas of disease prevention and management. The guide provides leaders with the tools to assist others in building social marketing skills and successful marketing campaigns.
This user-friendly guidebook offers definitions, worksheets, and methods to help your team select performance measures, set objectives, and involve internal and external stakeholders in the process.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services:
Use this tool as you and your team identify the extent to which you have components of an effective performance management system. It examines four essential components of performance management: standards, measures, reporting of progress, and a process for improvement.
The report is intended to provide information to elected and appointed government officials at the state and local levels on the status of state public health law, as well as on the benefits of analyzing and reforming these laws (as needed).
These questionnaires are designed to help individuals focus on and evaluate key behaviors that are important for effective collaborative leadership. They may be used either alone to assess your collaborative leadership capacity, or as an activity in courses or workshops.
Many Turning Point resources, including the following, can be used to research new insights and innovative solutions to health problems:
Understanding how to influence the health behaviors of your target audience is the bedrock of social marketing, and quality research is vital to building that understanding. This CD-ROM is a comprehensive planning tool and resource library that includes step-by-step guidance for conducting market research.
This is an online catalog of software applications used by state and local public health agencies. It includes information about the software, the technical infrastructure or architecture required to use the applications, the specific public health purposes/activities for which the system is used, and the community resources necessary to support the public health activities.
Whether you're new to performance management or an expert, this publication offers a time-saving review of some of the most influential articles, books, and other references on performance management from the public health, business, government, health care, education, and nonprofit sectors.
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