A Message from the Co-Directors
Since our founding in 2012, we have been offering grant funding to assist public health departments as they consider or adopt cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements. These have included larger, multi-year demonstration grants as well as smaller grants of a much shorter duration, approximately six months.
The larger, multi-year demonstration grants (which are not open to new applications) are intended to help answer larger issue questions like what it takes to successfully implement a CJS arrangement and if outcomes of CJS arrangements can be systematically measured.
The smaller grants help to answer a number of other questions, like those that follow.
- What role does a state health department play in CJS arrangements?
- What issues need to be considered for CJS arrangements to be successful at small, rural or frontier health departments?
- How can tribal public health organizations engage in CJS?
So why does the Center offer this grant funding? Well, the reasons are two-fold.
First, we are always interested in encouraging and assisting public health jurisdictions as they use CJS strategies to improve effectiveness and efficiency in public health service delivery. At its core, it really is just good public stewardship to provide this assistance. In fact, we do this on a regular basis by offering technical assistance, usually free-of-charge, to any public health official or stakeholder who contacts us with CJS-related questions.
Second–and this is our overarching goal–by observing and assisting health departments as they work on CJS arrangements in the field, we’ve been able to learn from their first-hand experiences and then compile a large body of knowledge about CJS efforts. You see, each funded site becomes a part of the larger learning process by providing an opportunity to add to our knowledge and further refine it. By putting pieces together in this individualized way, we can connect dots, create analogies and extrapolate results that are generalizable. Then, we can use that learning to develop and disseminate tools and resources to other jurisdictions that are considering or adopting CJS approaches.
While the funding helps offset the costs of our health department partners who work with us, their connection with the Center also gives them the opportunity for technical assistance as they work on their specific CJS issues. In the course of their work, they have the opportunity to forge and develop tools and knowledge that they can use in other, future CJS endeavors and that the Center can collect and then share with others. So as health departments benefit by receiving direct assistance for their specific projects, their work also contributes to helping other jurisdictions that are working on or considering CJS.
In this way, the Center’s grants not only provide a great opportunity for health departments to expand their capacity for CJS, they also advance our larger mission to be a national resource on cross-jurisdictional sharing.
To illustrate these concepts, we’re writing a number of case reports about our many grantees. As we finalize them over the next few months, we’ll email them to you.
If your organization is working on a public health CJS project and would like our assistance, or if you are interested in helping us expand the body of knowledge about CJS, we encourage you to visit our website to get more information about our small grant offering. But hurry, the deadline to apply is approaching fast.
We would love to hear from you. If you have questions about this small grant opportunity or CJS in general, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Pat Libbey and Gianfranco Pezzino, Center Co-Directors