Hello APHA attendees!

Welcome to PHERN

Hello APHA attendees!

Welcome to PHERN


Discover resources, tools, stories, and data, organized into topics and sectors most relevant to public health and equity.


Explore 1,000+ resources focused on ending the pandemic, advancing equity, and building better public health systems for the future.


Get involved by sharing PHERN with others, suggesting new resources, lifting up stories of community change, and mapping the movement.

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Featured Topics

Community Assessment and Engagement

Community assessment is a systematic process by which a community’s health status and related factors are examined; it is used to identify problems and assets in a community. Through community engagement, stakeholders work together to address health-related issues and promote well-being with the goal of improving health outcomes. These two processes work hand-in-hand to facilitate health improvements. COVID-19 has changed the assessment landscape in many ways–introducing new challenges for engagement, upending pre-pandemic implementation plans, and necessitating new and updated data to understand emerging health impacts and needs.

Supporting Public Health and Frontline Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has put immense pressure on frontline and public health workers, exacerbating myriad mental health concerns, including stress, depression, and burnout. As with COVID-19 itself, impacts have disproportionately affected certain populations more likely to hold frontline positions, including women, LatinX people, and people of color. These challenges, compounded with broader issues affecting the workforce, undermine the capacities of frontline and public health workers to provide essential services. Key strategies for supporting frontline and public health workers include building a culture of caring across leadership and organizations, improving employment practices and working conditions, and fostering social support among workers.

Public Health Authority

The authority to act to protect and promote the public's health has emerged over the course of our Nation’s history, and has enabled many of modern public health’s greatest achievements. Today, public health agencies use their authority to promote health, prevent the spread of infectious disease, protect against environmental hazards, advance equity and assure local public health infrastructure and health services. During declared emergencies, state and federal authorities have broader powers to act to assist governments, suspend or modify legal requirements, pass and enforce law and expend funds for the health, safety and welfare of society. Recently, some states have moved to limit public health powers. Such efforts pose a mounting challenge for public health’s response to COVID-19 and future threats.

Featured Sectors

Public Health

Schools, Child Care and Colleges

Communities and Neighborhoods

A Community Commons Space

PHERN is a Community Commons Space—a custom-designed window into the powerful 11,000+ resource Community Commons Knowledgebase. Featuring hundreds of hand-curated resources, Spaces help cultivate shared learning and community change through knowledge management and coalition building.

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The Public Health & Equity Resource Navigator (PHERN) is an initiative of
the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Alliance for Disease Prevention and Response, in partnership with Community Commons.

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