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.Arizona's partnership has articulated a vision for transforming public health that broadly defines the many factors that influence efforts to protect and promote the health of Arizona's citizens: advancements in communications and biotechnology; the evolution of the health care delivery and financing system; the ongoing degradation of the physical and social environment; the re-emergence of infectious diseases and changing racial, ethnic and age demographics. In light of these changes, the Arizona partnership has identified key objectives that it will pursue: (1) developing new public health skills and competencies (e.g., health care delivery that meets the needs of changing racial, ethnic, and age demographics); (2) using technological breakthroughs effectively; (3) amending outdated policies, procedures, and statutes; and (4) forging new partnerships. They envision a two-way learning cycle between the statewide planning process and the Arizona local partnerships that will identify and test new opportunities and models to assure public health services in local communities. At the state level, Arizona will assist in the development of a sustainable process for assessing the health needs of communities and developing achievable action plans. The state will provide technical assistance to local partnerships, including the provision of health data as well as data on the environment, housing, education, employment, and other community indicators. The state also will provide the local partnerships with six skill-building/leadership development training sessions and assist them in mobilizing resources through a series of Community Partnership meetings. Arizona has identified their biggest technical assistance need as finding a way to marry two seemingly disparate concepts: the broadly focused goal of planning to improve public health infrastructure across the state, and the more specific goal of creating community-based processes to improve health at the local level.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $299,058.00

Awarded on: 11/25/1997

Time frame: 12/1/1997 - 2/29/2000

Grant Number: 33298


State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Health Services

150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, 85007-3232

Nancy Thomann
Project Director