Report: Creating a Modern Public Health System

Modernizing Public Health

  • Modernizing Public Health

    Building a more robust and sustainable public health system that promotes health, prevents disease, and protects all communities.

Report: Creating a Modern Public Health System

May 25, 2022

In early 2022, Executives for Health Innovation (EHI) formed a Public Health Modernization Task Force in which EHI members with public health expertise came together to form policy recommendations to help build and sustain a modern public health system.

Report Overview
The many barriers and delays faced by the nation as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020 should serve as lessons learned; if we wait to modernize and adequately fund public health activities until there is another crisis, it will be too late. Policymakers must act swiftly to enact meaningful reforms to ensure we are better prepared for the next public health threat.

While there are many problems with the current system to be explored, the Task Force report focuses on areas related to technology and data, given EHI’s focus on digital health and innovation. Through this lens, we focused on two main problem areas that help define the needed changes: fragmented and outdated systems.