Integrating local health departments in West Central Minnesota

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 this project is to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive transition plan that will fully integrate three separate health departments that serve a total of five counties. The existing Horizon Restructuring Team will provide options, including the benefits and the challenges, on the legal, financial and organizational structure for the new five-county Horizon Public Health Department; complete a community health assessment; identify program and service priorities for the new entity; establish a program implementation team; and work with the Horizon Performance Management Council to develop a performance management system. Deliverables include: (1) a transition plan, including timelines for integration; (2) a proposed financial structure, board composition, organizational structure, purchased services, position descriptions, and performance management system measures for possible cross jurisdictional sharing arrangements; (3) a quality improvement plan; and (4) a training module about the process for those who are interested in pursuing a similar effort. 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 $125,000.00

Awarded on: 1/16/2013

Time frame: 1/15/2013 - 4/30/2015

Grant Number: 70624


Horizon Community Health Board

211 East Minnesota Avenue, Suite 100
Glenwood, 56334-1666


Sharon Braaten
Project Director


Sandra L. Tubbs
Project Director