Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health

The Foundation's 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 purpose of this project is to foster partnerships and capabilities necessary for effective public health leadership and performance in the 21st century. New York's rapid changes in health care delivery systems are having a profound impact on the organization and financing of public health, and the capacity of health departments and other service providers to carry out community-wide public health services. The project will conduct a strategic planning process with the following goals: (1) strengthen the skills of the public health work force; (2) develop and improve public health data systems; and (3) address legislative, regulatory, and fiscal barriers that impede effective public health service delivery at state and local levels. Two training sessions will be conducted to strengthen the functioning of statewide partnerships. They will develop and deliver training on community health assessments, monitoring access and quality, designing marketing campaigns, and policy development and planning. The partnership will develop mechanisms to ensure that all partners have access to available community-level public health data and performance indicators and identify barriers that impede effective public health service delivery. Recommendations and an advocacy plan for eliminating these barriers will be developed. The long range goal is to achieve public health system changes that result in measurable improvements in the health status of New Yorkers. Technical assistance will focus on assisting the New York Turning Point partners in planning closer integration of public health and managed care systems.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $300,000.00

Awarded on: 11/25/1997

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

Grant Number: 33307


Health Research Incorporated

Riverview Center
150 Broadway, Suite 560
Menands, 12204-2726


George DiFerdinando
Project Director