Identifying approaches to sharing services among 18 local health departments in Wisconsin's Northwoods

The Foundation's initiative, Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing, was designed to strengthen the ability of public health agencies to improve the health of the communities they serve by supporting efforts to explore, inform, and track the implementation of innovative regional or shared approaches to delivering public health services.The purpose of the project is for 18 local health departments and their governing boards to identify shared services opportunities that would add value to each organization's ability to fulfill their mission of providing high quality services and improving performance at the public health agency and examine options for engaging in cross jurisdictional sharing. Activities include: conducting an inventory of services provided and current sharing arrangements; conducting literature reviews; analyzing models and means for engaging in cross jurisdictional sharing; and, completing all or parts of the PHAB self-assessment Version 1.0. Deliverables include: (1) criteria and a tool for evaluating CJS arrangement efficiency, effectiveness, and potential for contributing to increased performance at the local public health department; (2) a report describing and analyzing different models and means that the project jurisdictions could use for engaging in cross jurisdictional sharing; and (3) a report with an assessment of public health capacity of the local health departments as measured by the PHAB readiness self-assessment tool. In addition, the project grantee will designate a team lead to serve as the primary point of contact for the project and provide continuity by participating in all Learning Community activities; designate a communications coordinator to serve as the primary point of contact for the Center's communications staff; ensure that at least three team members participate in three in-person learning community meetings, participate in quarterly calls with the Learning Community, participate in quarterly calls with Center staff, and host up to two site visits over the course of the project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $124,610.00

Awarded on: 1/10/2013

Time frame: 1/15/2013 - 1/31/2015

Grant Number: 70618


Marathon County Health Department

1000 Lake View Drive, Suite 100
Wausau, 54403-6786


Amanda Ostrowski
Project Director