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The Delaware Public Health Institute (DPHI) is a collaboration between founding partners, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Pennsylvania’s public health institute based in Philadelphia, and the University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences (CHS). DPHI is the first and only public health institute in Delaware.

DPHI was recently recognized by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) as the first institute of its kind, due to the unique partnership between the University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences, a state leader in healthcare innovation and education and Public Health Management Corporation, an existing public health institute. DPHI was developed in recognition of the fact that many health needs and services cross state lines between Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania. PHMC’s alignment with other agencies serves as a model for the growth of multi-sector partnerships in the development of PHIs. DPHI’s current partners include: PHMC; CHS; University of Delaware’s Nurse-Managed Health Center; the State of Delaware, Division of Public Health; the Delaware Public Health Association; Christiana Care Health System; Nemours Children’s Health System, the Delaware Healthcare Association; and UnitedHealthcare, who work collaboratively to determine ways to improve health in the region.

Current Activities

Delaware Household Health Survey Data Release Event Slides

Delaware County Health Rankings Released
Delaware Public Health Institute (DPHI) is a state lead agency to distribute the Delaware County Health Rankings results. According to the 2017 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), Sussex County ranks the healthiest in Delaware for health outcomes and Kent County is the least healthy county in the state for both health outcomes and the health factors that contribue to them. Click here to veiw the powerpoint from the May 23rd conference workshop event. The Rankings are available at

DPHI is also home to the Delaware State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP),
a project begun by the State of Delaware, Division of Public Health, which is designed to address core health issues identified for action by Delaware communities. Click here to read the release and the SHIP Annual Report 2015. Click here to access important resources related to the structure, planning and implementation of SHIP.

DPHI launches its first Household Health Survey.
The survey of 2,500 randomly selected households includes topics such as personal health behavior, access to care, preventive screenings and adverse childhood experiences. The data collected will analyzed below the county level to the zip code and neighborhood level. DPHI encourages residents to take time to answer questions if they are contacted on their home or cell phone. The Household Health Survey will complement the data gathered by other sources such as the Centers for Disease Control's annual telephone survey to provide valuable health information that will allow organizations to identify unmet needs, address health disparities and help in the formulation of programs. Read the news release launching the survey results.

Click here to view our recent webinar.