Standard 5.1: Expert Resource for Policy Development and Planning
Standard 5.1: Serve as a primary and expert resource for establishing and maintaining public health policies, practices, and capacity
Health departments possess knowledge and expertise on current public health science, evidence based interventions, and promising practices that are required to develop sound public health policies, practices, and capacities. Health departments also have access to community and population data and information that provide knowledge concerning the potential or current impact of policies, practices,and capacities. For these reasons, health departments should play a central and active role in the establishment of policies and practices, whenever governing entities, elected officials, governmental departments, and others set policies and practices that have public health implications.
Required documentation by measure
Keep these considerations in mind when selecting documentation for this standard: