Gianfranco Pezzino and Pat Libbey are Co-Directors of the Center.
The Center for Sharing Public Health Services has shown that cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) — if implemented using best evidence and promising practices — can help policymakers and public health officials increase effectiveness and efficiency in public health service delivery. CJS approaches can generate economies of scale and can allow expansion of public health services that otherwise might not be economically feasible.
Questions remain, however, as to the extent CJS can provide more value for investments in public health. Therefore, the Center has begun a new initiative focused on measuring the impact of public heath CJS arrangements on effectiveness and efficiency.
In order to measure impact, the Center is looking for up to seven CJS Implementation and Impact Measurement Program sites. These sites will be selected by a competitive process and will be awarded up to $75,000 each to participate. We are now accepting proposals from sites that would like to be considered for the program. A call for proposals (CFP) is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.
To determine if your organization may qualify to participate in the program, please read the entire CFP, including the appendices. In a nutshell, we are looking for sites that are working on a CJS initiative that was new in 2015 and involves at least three contiguous jurisdictions of any size, or two contiguous jurisdictions if the combined population is 50,000 or greater. Improving effectiveness and efficiency in one of the public health areas specified in Appendix A of the CFP must be a stated goal of the initiative, and sites must be willing to take baseline and follow-up measurements to show if the initiative met that goal.
Important dates follow:
- August 25, 2015: The CFP is published.
- September 8, 2015 (1:30 p.m. ET): Optional applicant webinar is held.
- September 15, 2015 (3:00 p.m. ET): Optional Q & A webinar is held. Select the link to join the webinar.
- October 20, 2015 (3:00 p.m. ET): Applications are due.
- Early January 2016: Funding decision notifications are sent.
- February 16, 2016: Grants are initiated.
We want to thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for providing the funding for this initiative.
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– Pat Libbey and Gianfranco Pezzino, Center Co-Directors