The Future of Public Health National Summit Series


The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest reminder of the vital importance of public health and need for a future-forward, future-ready public health system.

Although public health has been chronically under resourced, significant funding into the public health system during the COVID-19 pandemic creates opportunities to build a resilient, trusted system that helps assure everyone can attain their full potential for health and well-being. Public health needs a harmonized, strategic, and action-oriented approach for exploring these opportunities.

The CDC Foundation convened an initial national series on the future of public health in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Big Cities Health Coalition, and other public health partners to advance recommendations for a modernized U.S. public health system.

The initial series included four virtual convenings, leveraging recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Public Health Forward. Stay tuned for additional summits on special topics.

Initial Summit Series:

Summit 1:
Achieving a Diverse and Effective Public Health Workforce: December 6, 2021
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Summit 2:
Data Modernization: January 25, 2022
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Summit 3:
Strengthening Public Health Law, Governance and Finance to Support a Modern System: February 23, 2022
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Summit 4:
Catalyzing Cross-Sectoral Partnerships and Community Engagement: March 23, 2022
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Lights, Camera, Action Theme

The lights represent the guiding lights from research, such as PH Wins, Staffing Up, Public Health Forward, Public Health 3.0, Seven Ways Businesses Can Align with Public Health for Bold Action and Innovation, Recommendations from the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems, and more. The lights are also exemplars in the field in practice and policy. 

The camera represents the view of public health through the lens of the pandemic and the loss of trust. Today, there is a need for the United States to refocus the camera to rebuild trust and transform public health. The camera also emphasizes the need for everything to be seen through an equity lens. 

Action includes local, state, and national actions informed by the lights and camera. 

Together we can write a new script and produce a new future for public health. 

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Materials From Initial Summit Series 


Below is a listing of resources for the summit series as well as resources for each summit. Additional resources will be added on an ongoing basis.

Summit Series Hosts


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The Pew Charitable Trusts

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