Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health

The program, Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health, was designed to transform and strengthen the public health infrastructure so that states, local communities, and their public health agencies may respond to the challenge to protect and improve the public's health in the 21st Century.Nebraska, as a state with very rural and frontier communities, will focus activities on increasing planning, development, and decision making at the local level. The collaboration will begin with a comprehensive needs assessment, asset mapping, the identification of barriers and gaps in services, formulation of intervention strategies, and priority setting. The partners will build the capacity to provide the public health core functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance. The Nebraska partnership will address environmental health issues, including unsafe agricultural practices. Nebraska also will work to integrate its health and human service networks to include public health and human services programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, and will address the needs of racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations. They will assist 15 communities in conducting a comprehensive environmental health assessment and formulating appropriate intervention strategies. The technical assistance needs identified for the partnership include assistance regarding relationships with Tribes and Indian Health Services and data development.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $298,880.00

Awarded on: 11/25/1997

Time frame: 12/1/1997 - 3/31/2000

Grant Number: 33304


State of Nebraska, Nebraska Health and Human Services System

P.O. Box 95044
Lincoln, 68509-5044


Bryan Samuels
Project Director