The Ohio Public Health Partnership (OPHP) received $27,000 to provide technical assistance to NACCHO (National Network of City and County Health Officials) during their PHUND$ pilot program. In 2016-2017, OPHP supported three local health departments in Montana, Michigan and West Virginia during their training and pilot use of the product.
WHAT is PHUND$ ?
Public Health Uniform National Data System (PHUND$) is a web-based public health financial data collection and analysis portal. PHUND$ was created to:
- Provide public health agencies with the ability to proactively assess their financial and operational performance
- Aid NACCHO in describing and monitoring the financial health and sustainability of the public health system
- Promote uniform public health financial management practices
- Advance practices that promote quality in public health
- Increase public health agency transparency
Sustainability of the governmental public health system is dependent principally on the financial health of state and local public health agencies. This is a challenge since public health programs and services are often provided in fiscally challenging environments (e.g., government revenue declines, budget reductions, economic recessions, unfunded mandates). Effective utilization of resources requires that public health professionals have access to timely, reliable, and uniform data to assess agency and system conditions and to use that information to support decisions. Development of the Public Health Uniform National Data System (PHUND$) responds to that need.
Confidentially is a core value of PHUND$ and, as such, data collected in PHUND$ is identifiable only by the reporting agency and NACCHO.
CONTACT KELLY FRIAR at kellyfriar@Ohiopublichealthpartnership.org if you are an Ohio local health district and need access to your account.