Field of Work: Strengthening the public health system
Problem Synopsis: According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Public Health, by 1988, the nation had lost sight of its public health goals, and allowed public health to fall into disarray. The report noted that America's public health system was expected to do too much with too few resources. It also stated that capabilities for effective public health actions were inadequate, and the health of the public was "unnecessarily threatened as a result."
Frustrated with the lack of appropriate training opportunities and hampered by the limited resources available for public health, New York Turning Point leaders were searching for ways to help public health professionals develop their skills.
Synopsis of the Work: Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, defined its mission as to "transform and strengthen the public health system in the United States to make the system more effective, more community-based and more collaborative." The two foundations partnered to support 22 states and 41 local communities in those states. RWJF also supported five National Excellence Collaboratives that allowed states to work together on important public health infrastructure challenges.
After partnering with continuing education staff at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany School of Public Health, New York Turning Point leaders identified one solution: satellite broadcasts.
Key Results: Launched in 1999, the Third Thursday Breakfast Broadcasts (T2B2) provide training on public health issues.
Each one-hour broadcast features an expert discussing a public health issue. During the last 10 minutes of each program, participants can ask questions via phone or fax.