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The Public Health National Center for Innovations: Strengthening Innovation in Public Health

by Travis Parker Lee


Focus on Accreditation and Innovation addresses current issues related to the Public Health Accreditation Board’s national public health department accreditation program, and the Public Health National Center for Innovations. This series highlights the experiences and perspectives of accredited health departments and explores topics related to the Standards and Measures, research and evaluation findings, and the latest innovations in public health practice.

The Public Health National Center for Innovations, a division of the Public Health Accreditation Board, was established to identify, implement, and spread innovations in public health practice to help meet the health challenges of the 21st century. PHNCI has awarded nine public health organizations a combined $1.55 million to advance practice through the development, testing, and implementation of innovative practices that other public health departments can adapt to their communities’ needs.

The nine grantees will focus on a variety of challenges across the public health landscape from promoting nutrition to engaging at-risk communities. The grantees and focus areas include:

PHNCI invites the field to follow the grantees’ journeys over the next year to learn about how their initiatives might be applicable to adapt, adopt, or replicate in other communities.

Author Profile

Travis Parker Lee
Travis Parker Lee, MBA, is the Program Specialist for the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) at the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), contributing to efforts to align and foster innovation in public health practice. Previously, he served as a Program Specialist for PHAB for six years.