Horizon Minnesota is Focusing on Change Management

 Participants hold a discussion at the Horizon Minnesota site visit.

The Center visited the Horizon Minnesota demonstration site on October 28 and 29. Center Co-Director Pat Libbey and Center Senior Project Consultant Grace Gorenflo attended the site visit along with peer site visitor Allison Thrash, Supervisor of the Office of Performance Improvement at the Minnesota Department of Health and a member of the Minnesota System Wide project.

Sandy Tubbs and Sharon Braaten, co-leads for this project, are spearheading an effort to fully integrate three public health departments that serve five counties. The team’s recommendations will be considered by the individual county boards in early 2014.

Because the changes involved in a project of this magnitude can seem daunting, the team has been focusing on change management by holding meetings with staff from the three public health departments, the governing boards from the five partner counties and other county department colleagues that may be impacted by the integration. The site visit team was able to sit in on one of these meetings involving staff and supervisors from the three health departments. Participants’ questions ranged from how services would be impacted by integration to how their job descriptions and work location could change. Many of the answers to these questions were not yet available. However, as a result of the ongoing discussions, there is an emerging recognition that this work is being done with the intent of insuring a quality public health presence into the future.

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