You are here: Home / Research / Projects / Current / Public Health Activities & Services Tracking (PHAST) Measures

Public Health Activities & Services Tracking (PHAST) Measures

Through the standardization and sharing of local public health data, PHAST Measures will build evidence to support the decision making of policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers.

Through the standardization and sharing of local public health data, PHAST Measures will build evidence to support the decision making of policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers.

TransPHorm project logo for machine translation Local health departments define and measure activities in different ways, making it difficult to compare data and illustrate the effectiveness of and gaps within public health services.

The Public Health Activities & Services Tracking Measures (PHAST Measures) project aims to standardize and share local public health data, allowing policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers to compare data, demonstrate the value of public health services, identify unmet needs, and improve population health with evidence-based practices.

This research builds upon previous work to develop standardized questions and measures that assess the reach and quality of core public service activities: chronic disease prevention, communicable disease control, and environmental health protection. For each of these, PHAST measures the type, distribution, volume, quality, and reach of services.

Under PHAST Measures, researchers will develop an interactive, web-based dashboard which will assist in the long-term curation and dissemination of local public health data.

For more information about the project, visit the PHAST website.

This two-year project is funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Project period: January 2016 to January 2018

Research Team

Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Principal Investigator

Abraham Flaxman, PhD
Co-Investigator

Greg Whitman
Project Manager

Melinda Schultz
Research Analyst

Rick Bruch
Website and Database Manager

Seung Eun Park
Research Assistant

Sharee Squires
Research Assistant

Michelle Yip
Research Assistant