Phase V: How are focus areas different from the public health services we are already providing?
Selecting focus areas for public health improvement helps ensure that limited resources can be targeted and important issues can be spotlighted. Focus areas are high-priority, high-visibility issues that organizations serving the community will come together to champion. Efforts to support the focus areas will occur alongside the maintenance of regular public health activities.
Because of this, the agency should consider its role in addressing the focus areas and how many it can lead, given its current capacity levels and the resources required to maintain the existing levels of service. The capacity assessment may identify services or programs that are duplications or better provided by another community organization, which may allow the shifting of resources toward addressing the new focus areas.