Dr. Peggy Honoré, professor of health policy and systems management at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health has worked over 10 years to lead the design, development, and implementation of the Public Health Uniform National Data System (PHUND$).
Dr. Peggy Honoré, Professor of Health Policy and Systems Management at the LSU School of Public Health-New Orleans has worked over 10 years to lead the design, development, and implementation of the Public Health Uniform National Data System (PHUND$). PHUND$ was developed with support to Dr. Honoré by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It was designed in collaboration with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national advisory committee of state and local health department staffs, and colleagues at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Mahoning Health District (Ohio). Testing of PHUND$ in local health departments was completed in all counties in Florida and in local health departments in North Dakota, Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Montana, and Michigan. Dr. Honoré and coauthors Dr. Carlos Zometa and Dr. Craig Thomas of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Ms. Ashley Edmiston of NACCHO have reported that the benefits of PHUND$ use reduced financial risks, provided opportunities for comparative analyses, isolated drivers of costs and deficits, increased workforce financial management skills, enhanced decision making processes, and fostered agency sustainability to support continuous improvements in quality and population health. It also validated the feasibility of developing a public health uniform chart of accounts. Dr. Honoré stated that this information is valuable for state and county health officials in their role as chief health strategist by informing goals and objectives and validating budgetary requirements that enable action plans for ensuring a healthy population. This is especially important when health departments deal with maintaining health services, preventing and responding to emerging threats, and mitigating immediate environmental health concerns. The article “The Public Health Uniform National Data System (PHUND$): A Platform for Monitoring Fiscal Health and Sustainability of the Public Health System” was published ahead of print on August 13 in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
[Photo: Dr. Peggy Honoré]