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.The Louisiana partnership has created a forum for dialog among multiple health agencies, community and business organizations and the population of Louisiana that takes a systems approach to creating and sustaining change. To achieve this goal, the Louisiana partnership is developing a governance structure built on collaborative relationships with the capacity and the tools necessary for building local partnerships and improving health information systems. The state partnership also will conduct the Tools for Change program, which is a series of forums designed to support and guide the public health improvement planning process. In addition, they will create models for accessible and cost-effective integrated systems of care and design the necessary organizational changes in key public health agencies to support core public health activities. At the state level, meeting these goals will involve the formation of a 15-member Steering Committee that will be accountable for fiscal matters, monitoring the initiative and public policy outcomes, and will assist in developing plans for funding and sustainability over time. An Information and Communication Task Force will be established to provide technical assistance to local partners regarding the identification and access of relevant information (e.g., census, health indicators, employment, economic status, educational quality, etc.). Louisiana has significant demographic challenges, with close to 20 percent of the population living in poverty and 22 percent not having a high school education. Developing systems change within this type of environment will be one of their technical assistance needs, along with leadership development.
Amount Awarded $300,000.00
Awarded on: 11/25/1997
Time frame: 12/1/1997 - 3/31/2000
Grant Number: 33302