Evaluation of Regionalization Planning Efforts in Kansas and Massachusetts

On their own, many small, local health departments do not have the resources to meet accreditation program standards. As a result, several states have begun thinking about how to increase the capacity of local public health in order to not only meet accreditation standards, but also to provide citizens with services that they need and should expect. Kansas and Massachusetts are two such states. This report presents findings from a qualitative evaluation of the efforts of public health leaders in Kansas and Massachusetts to develop plans for regionalizing local public health.

Available online (pdf): http://www.naccho.org/topics/infrastructure/accreditation/upload/NACCHO-final-regionalization-evaluation-report.pdf

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  • Accreditation / Essential Services: Kansas and Massachusetts have each taken a different approach to developing and assessing the feasibility of regional public health services. The authors believe the experiences of these two states will be of use to other local and state entities that are faced with the challenge of reorganizing their local public health services in order to meet national standards and local needs in the 21st Century.
  • Research and Evaluation: The primary methods used for this evaluation study included one-on-one interviews with local public health leaders, other local stakeholders (e.g., academics, public health or county commissioner association leaders, etc.) and NACCHO-funded consultants,