Public health across West Virginia and the nation faces a time of tremendous change. Health is influenced by individual lifestyle, social networks, living and working conditions, and general environmental conditions. As a result, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health created the West Virginia Public Health Impact Task Force (PHITF) to develop an innovative, custom fit public health system in West Virginia. With goals of improving health, improving quality, and reducing costs, the PHITF recommended a health in all policies approach which combines innovative patient-centered public health services in every community, and asks that local public health partner with stakeholders to align West Virginia’s public health system with national recommendations by developing a minimum package of public health services accessible to all West Virginians.

Conflict(s) of Interest


References with DOI

1. United States Life Tables, 2011. NVSR Volume 64, Number 11. 63 pp. (PHS) 2015 -1120.

2. Jones D, Podolsky S, Greene J. N Engl J Med 2012; 366:2333-2338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/nejmp1113569

3. WV Health Statistics Center. (2015). West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Report, 2013.

4. Dahlgren G, Whitehead M. Policies and strategies to promote social equity in health. Background document to WHO-Strategy paper for Europe. No. 2007: 14. Institute for Futures Studies, 1991.

5. County health rankings and roadmaps, our approach. [cited 2016 Apr 1]. Available from: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/our-approach

6. Final report, West Virginia Public Health Impact Task Force, December 22, 2015, Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.

7. Public Health Accreditation Board. Public Health Accreditation Background. [cited 2016 Apr 1]. Available from: http://www.phaboard.org/about-phab/public-health-accreditation-background