Improving Health Through Shared Public Health Services

How to navigate the process of collaboration.

    • August 31, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is investigating the benefits and challenges of local health agencies collaborating to offer shared public health services to their communities. As public health officials seek out new and innovative ways to deliver essential services, particularly in a challenging economic environment, some have begun to work with other health agencies across local, state, or regional lines. This kind of collaboration can improve quality, enhance efficiency and reduce costs.

RWJF recently commissioned studies to begin building a body of knowledge and best practices to help guide local health agencies through the process of developing and executing shared service agreements. Two reports, Cross-Jurisdictional Relationships in Local Public Health: An Environmental Scan and Regionalization of Government Services: Lessons Learned & Application for Public Health Service Delivery, are now available for download.