The Evaluation Workgroup was tasked with evaluating collaborations among the three health districts in Portage County, and with providing recommendations to local health officials on ways to improve those collaborative relationships. To develop the recommendations, workgroup members engaged in a series of activities with assistance from Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health (KSU-CPPH) staff, including developing an inventory of health department services that were provided collaboratively and independently, and performing an evaluation of those collaborations. This process resulted in recommendations that are presented within the report.
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- Monitoring and Improving: The Evaluation Workgroup inventoried existing collaborations among the Portage County Health Departments (Portage County, Kent, and Ravenna), assessed their implementation, and devised means by which collaborative efforts among departments in the County could be improved.
- Research and Evaluation: The Evaluation Workgroup was charged with inventorying collaborative endeavors among health departments in Portage County, developing criteria for assessing the current collaborative endeavors, and providing recommendations for improvement in this are