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