This brief describes the methodology for defining Comprehensive Public Health Delivery Systems using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems. The systems meeting this definition have been shown to deliver a broader range of recommended public health services, using fewer resources, than the more prevalent types of U.S. public health systems that do not meet this definition. Over time, comprehensive systems are associated with larger gains in population health status than are their counterparts.
National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research, "Defining Comprehensive Public Health Delivery Systems" (2015). Health Management and Policy Reports. Paper 5.