Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Strategic Planning Guide: Guidance and Resources to Assist State and Territorial Health Agencies in Developing a Strategic Plan


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Effective strategic planning involves establishing priorities, creating clear road maps for implementation, getting broad input and support, aligning with other plans and assessments, and monitoring and revising the plan as necessary. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) created this guide to help state and territorial public health agencies develop effective strategic plans that address their chief public health needs and allow them to adapt to changing environments. The guide includes four elements: mission, vision, and values; a high-level strategic plan and priorities; more detailed work plans; and evaluation and monitoring of the strategic plan.

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