Developing an informed and shared approach to effective delivery of public health services in Portage County, Ohio

The Foundation's initiative, Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing, was designed to strengthen the ability of public health agencies to improve the health of the communities they serve by supporting efforts to explore, inform, and track the implementation of innovative regional or shared approaches to delivering public health services.The purpose of this project is to follow up on the recommendations of a recent Task Force report, "Improving Public Health in Portage County," that called for the Portage County Health District and the cities of Ravenna and Kent to systematically develop a shared approach for effective and efficient delivery of public health services in Portage County. The project team, led by the Kent State University Foundation, Inc., will work with local health departments to conduct an inventory of existing collaborative public health services; investigate various models of sharing services; consider Academic Health Department models; develop a strategy and action plan for sharing services among health departments in Portage County; evaluate existing collaborations and develop ideas for improving at least one of them, and present findings to stakeholders, including elected officials. Deliverables include: (1) a strategy and action plan with steps needed to implement a sharing model; (2) an inventory of existing collaborative public health services in the county; (3) a written description of the evaluation method(s) used to evaluate existing collaborations, including recommendation(s) on how at least one of these collaborations might be improved and lessons learned in the process; and (4) documentation of community outreach efforts undertaken by the project team. In addition, the project grantee will designate a team lead to serve as the primary point of contact for the project and provide continuity by participating in all Learning Community activities; designate a communications coordinator to serve as the primary point of contact for the Center's communications staff; ensure that at least three team members participate in three in-person Learning Community meetings, participate in quarterly calls with the Learning Community, participate in quarterly calls with Center staff, and host up to two site visits over the course of the project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $125,000.00

Awarded on: 1/10/2013

Time frame: 1/15/2013 - 1/31/2015

Grant Number: 70613

Grantee

Kent State University College of Public Health

P. O. Box 5190
Kent, OH, 44242-0001

330-672-6500
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John A. Hoornbeek
Project Director

330-672-6500
Email