Communities can maximize public health efforts by working together through cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) initiatives. But are all CJS models and strategies equally successful in all states?
They are not: models that work well in one state may not be as successful in others. It varies depending on state and local characteristics.
The Center has assembled a large library of CJS examples and resources on our website. We recently improved the library by launching a new interactive map that links some items–such as case studies and descriptions of specific CJS arrangements and products–in the library to the state in which they occur. The new map also describes the public health system in each state and provides information about the legal basis for CJS there.
It is our hope that communities will use the map when considering which CJS models and strategies could work for them.
The map is a work in progress. It is our intention to provide a rich source of information about CJS in each state. However, we know there are many more CJS arrangements than we have identified and posted to each state’s page. When you visit the map, you will notice that resources and examples are currently under-reported in most states. We would welcome and appreciate your help in adding to these states from your knowledge. Do you have information regarding other CJS arrangements or other resources that can help us improve the map? If you do, please share these with us by emailing email@example.com.
We hope you find our new CJS map helpful. Please email us to let us know what you think.
– Pat Libbey and Gianfranco Pezzino, Center Co-Directors
Ten Teams Will Participate in the Center’s 2018 Small Grants Program
The Center for Sharing Public Health Services has selected 10 teams to participate in its 2018 Small Grants Program.
Each team will receive technical assistance from the Center to work on a cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) initiative and also will receive a small grant to support its work.
The 2018 Small Grants Program was developed to allow Center staff to observe CJS initiatives in “real time,” making it easier to capture details about the efforts as they emerge. The Center will use those observations to develop and test tools that local governments and health departments can use in the future. In this way, the 10 teams will function as a learning laboratory, allowing the Center to collect best practices and share them with the larger public health community.
“The Center has prioritized several learning objectives this year,” explained Gianfranco Pezzino, co-director of the Center. “The 10 teams selected for the program are all working on cross-jurisdictional sharing initiatives that will help us better understand those objectives.”
“Many of the teams, for example, are collaborations of small jurisdictions working together to improve public health in their communities,” added Patrick Libbey, who also is co-director of the Center. “Other teams are using CJS strategies to improve the overall public health system or are collaborating with other government sectors to improve public health.”
For a full list of program participants, visit the Center’s website.
When two or more jurisdictions work together to maximize public health efforts, it can be a win-win for all! However, implementing and improving cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements may seem like a complex concept, and it may feel overwhelming to know where to go next.
The Center for Sharing Public Health Services has launched a new tool, COMPASS, which was designed to show the way. Visit COMPASS.phsharing.org to learn more.