KPHC 10 EPHS in Kansas Campaign

Throughout 2021, the KPHC 10 EPHS campaign will take a deep dive into the key features of the revised 10 EPHS framework including a review of each 10 essential services.  In addition to education around the framework, we will feature the work of state, tribal and local public health departments and staff in Kansas who are implementing elements of the 10 EPHS in their jurisdiction. You can expect to see resources, stories, and more information on the framework and each service being released every couple weeks, so regularly check the KPHC website and follow us on social media!

The 10 Essential Public Health Services

To protect and promote the health of all people in all communities

The 10 Essential Public Health Services provide a framework for public health to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities. To achieve equity, the Essential Public Health Services actively promote policies, systems, and overall community conditions that enable optimal health for all and seek to remove systemic and structural barriers that have resulted in health inequities. Such barriers include poverty, racism, gender discrimination, ableism, and other forms of oppression. Everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.

Use this fact sheet to briefly share information on the background of the 10 EPHS, revision process, and updated framework with staff, stakeholders, and policy makers.

Download the complete 10 EPHS below or a 1-pager.

10 EPHS: Reactions from KDHE and LHD Leaders

In September 2020, the de Beaumont Foundation, Public Health National Center for Innovations, and a Task Force of public health experts revealed a revised version of the 10 Essential Public Health Services. The framework now centers equity, and incorporates current and future public health practice.


10 EPHS: Centering Equity

Perhaps the most notable update, and the one that was most requested, is the centering of equity – literally in the graphic and throughout the Framework itself, embedding it as essential in the field in order to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities.

Equity is defined as a fair and just opportunity for all to achieve good health and well-being. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty and discrimination and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and healthcare. It also requires attention to health inequities, which are differences in population health status and mortality rates that are systemic, patterned, unjust, and actionable, as opposed to random or caused by those who become ill.

Essential Public Health Service 1

Elizabeth Holzschuh from Johnson County Department of Health & Enviornment discusses EPHS 1

Valerie Carson and Sonia Johnson from Lawrence-Douglas Public Health Department discuss EPHS 1


Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets.

  •  Maintaining an ongoing understanding of health in the jurisdiction by collecting, monitoring, and analyzing data on health and factors that influence health to identify threats, patterns, and emerging issues, with a particular emphasis on disproportionately affected populations
  • Using data and information to determine the root causes of health disparities and inequities
  • Working with the community to understand health status, needs, assets, key influences, and narrative
  • Collaborating and facilitating data sharing with partners, including multisector partners
  • Using innovative technologies, data collection methods, and data sets
  • Utilizing various methods and technology to interpret and communicate data to diverse audiences
  • Analyzing and using disaggregated data (e.g., by race) to track issues and inform equitable action
  • Engaging community members as experts and key partners


Essential Public Health Service 2


Investigate, diagnose, and address  health problems and hazards affecting the population 

Essential Public Health Service 3

Destany Wheeler, Administrator, and Cassandra Edson, Public Information Officer, at Wilson County Health Department discuss EPHS 3

Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health factors that influence it, and how to improve it

  • Developing and disseminating accessible health information and resources, including through collaboration with multi-sector partners
  • Communicating with accuracy and necessary speed
  • Using appropriate communications channels (e.g., social media, peer-to-peer networks, mass media, and other channels) to effectively reach the intended populations
  • Developing and deploying culturally and linguistically appropriate and relevant communications and educational resources, which includes working with stakeholders and influencers in the community to create effective and culturally resonant materials
  • Employing the principles of risk communication, health literacy, and health education to inform the public, when appropriate
  • Actively engaging in two-way communication to build trust with populations served and ensure accuracy and effectiveness of prevention and health promotion strategies
  • Ensuring public health communications and education efforts are asset-based when appropriate and do not reinforce narratives that are damaging to disproportionately affected populations

Essential Public Health Service 4

Laurie Carr, Health Education and Promotion Supervisor, and Seth Dewey, Health Educator – Substance Misuse, at Reno County Health Department discuss EPHS 4

Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health

  • Convening and facilitating multisector partnerships and coalitions that include sectors that influence health (e.g., planning, transportation, housing, education, etc.)
  • Fostering and building genuine, strengths-based relationships with a diverse group of partners that reflect the community and the population
  • Authentically engaging with community members and organizations to develop public health solutions
  • Learning from, and supporting, existing community partnerships and contributing public health expertise