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Guidance for Current PPHR Applicants


The information below is targeted to current PPHR applicants to assist them during the application process. NACCHO provides technical assistance to current applicants including answering criteria clarification questions by email and phone, participating in monthly conference calls, and providing resources and best practices upon request. The links below contain additional resources that applicants may find useful for developing their application materials.

Visitors to this page should already have submitted an Intent to Apply form and confirmed an application submission date within the next year. If you are not currently working with NACCHO on your PPHR application, please visit the prospective applicants page for more general information on the program.

PPHR Application Process
PPHR Process Guide
Click here to review the PPHR Process Guide and obtain an overview of roles, responsibilities, and the application development process. More »
Application Submission Guide
This guide provides strategies for developing content to meet the standards of the PPHR criteria and for effectively presenting that content to reviewers in the form of a functional and well-organized application. More »
PPHR Application Formatting Instructions
All PPHR applications contain criteria crosswalks that hyperlink to the evidence for each criteria element. Click "more" to learn about how to assemble a PPHR application. More »
PPHR Review Calendar
See the responsibilities and deadlines for applicants, state leads, reviewers, and NACCHO staff for the current review cycle. More »
In-State Technical Reviewer Training
In-state technical reviews assist applicants by providing comprehensive feedback on PPHR applications prior to their submission. These reviews should take place approximately three months before the submitting a PPHR application. 

Click here for a presentation template that applicants can use to train in-state technical reviewers. The editable PowerPoint is available upon request. More »

Application Resources
PPHR Criteria
Click here to see the versions of the PPHR criteria currently in use. Before beginning an application, LHDs should confirm the appropriate version with their state lead and with NACCHO PPHR staff. More »
Gap Analysis Tool
Click here to open the gap analysis tool for the latest version of the PPHR criteria. Applicants can use the gap analysis tool to help identify priority areas on which to focus as they begin their PPHR applications. More »
PPHR Toolkit
The PPHR Toolkit is an online database of best practices, including tools and resources from PPHR-recognized LHDs and regions, that can be used by LHDs to improve their emergency plans and their PPHR applications.

View PPHR Toolkit 101 presentation to learn how to use the PPHR toolkit, including finding, viewing, and rating tools.

APC Preparedness Resources
The Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program provides free public health preparedness resources created by LHDs, for LHDs. APC products are specifically created to be adaptable and easily implemented by any LHD, and each one has been tested by health departments in real world environments. More »
Regional Guidance
NACCHO recognizes that the emergency response roles of regional PPHR applicants tend to differ from those of city and county LHDs. Regional applicants should read Planning Beyond Borders: Using Project Public Health Ready as Regional Guidance for Local Public Health to guide them in developing their PPHR applications. Regional applicants should also click here to view specific instructions for meeting the PPHR criteria. More »
Frequently Asked Questions
Click "more" to view a list of frequently asked questions about the PPHR process. More »