Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Sep 7;14:E78. doi: 10.5888/pcd14.170017.


Public health is what we do together as a society to ensure the conditions in which everyone can be healthy. Although many sectors play key roles, governmental public health is an essential component. Recent stressors on public health are driving many local governments to pioneer a new Public Health 3.0 model in which leaders serve as Chief Health Strategists, partnering across multiple sectors and leveraging data and resources to address social, environmental, and economic conditions that affect health and health equity. In 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services launched the Public Health 3.0 initiative and hosted listening sessions across the country. Local leaders and community members shared successes and provided insight on actions that would ensure a more supportive policy and resource environment to spread and scale this model. This article summarizes the key findings from those listening sessions and recommendations to achieve Public Health 3.0.

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Administration / methods
  • Public Health Administration / standards*
  • United States