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.Virginia will develop a consensus approach to systems change that involves expanding policy leaders' knowledge of the benefits of a strong public health infrastructure and that will strengthen the capacity of communities to make information-based decisions. In order to promote collaboration throughout the state, the Virginia partnership will hold a series of focus group discussions around the state. They also will hold a series of forums around the state to help uncover regional dynamics that may represent barriers to planning for systems change. Information collected in these two ways will flow to statewide work groups, who will devise alternative models to strengthen Virginia's public health infrastructure. This information also will be used to identify differences between communities' views of current and future roles and responsibilities for public health and existing statutory requirements. The partnership also will provide feedback on the focus groups and regional forums to policy leaders and other interested parties. Communities' capacity to perform the core public health functions will be assessed and improved. The governance for Turning Point ensures that communities from diverse geographic regions, cultures, and socioeconomic strata are actively involved in the planning process. In order to implement the recommendations that emerge from the planning process, Virginia will develop interim and final reports for consideration by the Governor and the General Assembly. The technical assistance needs identified for the Virginia partnership include assistance in marketing prevention services and cultural sensitivity training.
Amount Awarded $300,000.00
Awarded on: 11/25/1997
Time frame: 12/1/1997 - 3/31/2000
Grant Number: 33312