Strengthening shared approaches to delivering public health services in 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 implement a systematic, statewide approach to CJS, build the state health department's capacity to understand CJS arrangements within the state's local jurisdictions and stimulate discussion about CJS throughout the state. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will provide mini-grants to three jurisdictions involved in implementing or improving CJS; develop and support a statewide CJS learning collaborative comprising the mini-grantees and eight other local teams; provide consultation to the three mini-grantees and at least six other local jurisdiction teams; and develop questions for Minnesota's local public health annual reporting system to monitor CJS throughout the state. Deliverables include: (1) reports from mini-grantees on the interoperability of data systems; opportunities to improve their IT infrastructure; an inventory of staff expertise/program specialization; documentation of standardized environmental health inspections; aligned internal policies procedures and inspection fees across the three jurisdictions; and train-the-trainer workshops on emergency preparedness efforts across jurisdictional lines; (2) a list of CJS-related measures for future reporting in the Minnesota local public health annual reporting system; (3) MDH website with CJS tools and resources; (4) at least two CJS sessions at state conferences and two CJS discussions at local public health meetings each year; (5) tools and evaluation results generated through this effort; and (6) quarterly learning collaborative meetings for mini-grantees and other local jurisdictions to share their experiences. 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 $124,953.00

Awarded on: 1/10/2013

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

Grant Number: 70612


State of Minnesota Department of Health

P.O. Box 64975
Saint Paul, 55164-0975


Debra L. Burns
Project Director


Allison Michele Rick Thrash
Project Director