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Capacity Building:
An FPHS Approach to Improving Well-Being for All Missourians

Right now we have an extraordinary opportunity to change the future for all Missourians. We’ve spent nearly five years laying a strong foundation for public health system transformation. We may not need a hammer or nails, but we're ready to start building!

This capacity building program equips public health professionals with a shared understanding of health equity and the Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) model, guides us as we operationalize the model in our work, and empowers us to implement practices and processes that will assure foundational public health services every Missourian can depend on.

The capacity building program is based on gaps identified in 
our 2020 Capacity Assessment, in which Missouri's local public health agencies self-reported their agency's capacity to assure the components in the FPHS model. A crosswalk demonstrates how the FPHS  model's capacities align with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2021), assuring increased capacity in the model will result in a more competent public health workforce.


The capacity building program was developed by #HealthierMO in partnership with health equity experts from Consilience Group LLC, and a Health Equity Design Team made up of public health representatives from across Missouri. 


Watch this 7-minute video overview of Missouri's Foundational Public Health Services model.


Use the FPHS overview discussion guide with public heath employees and/or community partners to begin your capacity building journey.


Complete the baseline training, "A Foundational Public Health Services Approach to Improving Well-Being for All Missourians" for a foundational understanding of consistent definitions related to health equity, health disparities, and social determinants of health. The interactive training is anchored by Missouri's FPHS model and includes data collection, quizzes, and case studies specific to Missouri. Be sure to take the pre-knowledge check on the course introduction page, and then take the post-test when finished to document increased knowledge.


Hold a workshop to walk public health professionals and/or community partners through a deeper self-assessment of health equity practices within their agencies. Use the step-by-step process in the FPHS workbook to "map" the capabilities to the areas of expertise. Then develop an action plan to build individual and organizational capacity to assure foundational public health services grounded in health equity.

Download the Facilitator's Guide, slide deck, and personalizable handouts to facilitate your own workshop.

Or, request that #HealthierMO facilitate a workshop in your community on your behalf.


#HealthierMO offers technical assistance and support as you begin enacting your action plan, applying health equity to the FPHS model framework in order to transform public health in your community.


Use these ancillary resources to imbed health equity into your daily work through the framework of Missouri's Foundational Public Health Services model.

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