December 2021 — After almost 10 years of managing the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, I have decided that it’s time to retire. As I step down at the end of 2021, I’m leaving the Center in very capable hands. Grace Gorenflo — who has been with us since the beginning and was very instrumental in developing the concept of the Center — assumes the role of Center Director in January 2022. Recently, I sat down with Grace to reflect on our past 10 years of activities. In this column, I’m going to hit the highlights of our conversation.
November 2021 — This brief highlights examples of resource sharing during the COVID-19 response and discusses challenges and benefits associated with sharing resources during this public health emergency.
July 2021 — At the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, we believe in the power of the journey to drive you toward your destination. This principle comes alive in one of our flagship tools — the Roadmap — which guides health departments through the process of developing sharing arrangements across boundaries. The Roadmap recently underwent updates to reflect our new definition of cross-jurisdictional sharing. In addition, because of situations prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed an expedited version of the Roadmap to facilitate sharing arrangements in specific situations that do not allow for or necessitate the application of the full Roadmap model. This Director’s Message breaks down the two versions of the Roadmap, as well as when to use each.
May 2021 — Since 2012, cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) has been the cornerstone of the Center’s work. CJS remains at the heart of our work today, and it’s with excitement that I share the work we have been doing the last few months to reimagine what CJS looks like in the current public health landscape. This Director’s Message breaks down changes to our CJS model and the work we do at the Center.
March 2021 — Health departments are set to receive billions of dollars in federal aid through the COVID-19 relief legislation. This influx of funding presents a unique opportunity to build a more effective, equitable and responsive system, and there is a growing interest in resource sharing across organizational boundaries as a valuable tool for assuring that essential public health services are provided to all. This Director’s Message highlights examples of modernization activities that include resource sharing, with particular attention to the potential role that state policymakers may have in promoting resource sharing to modernize public health.
February 2021 — As we approach a year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s good to take stock of what we’ve learned. Though an uphill battle remains, we have seen public health leaders face enormous challenges, form new partnerships and discover opportunities to use cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) to build a stronger public health foundation for the future. In our latest column, we highlight some key insights about how CJS can improve public health capacity during the pandemic and beyond.
December 2020 — Earlier this year, we decided to move forward with another round of funding through the Center’s 2020 Small Grants Program. We are pleased to announce that we have selected three grantees that are working on important CJS initiatives to advance health equity. However, the response to the CFP has left us wondering if our definition of cross-jurisdictional sharing is too narrow for the current times.
June 2020 — As COVID-19 cases spike in many communities, public health departments are under tremendous pressure to respond with increased testing and contact tracing. Because many health departments do not have the resources to do this work on their own, some have turned to cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) to increase capacity. At a time like this, we offer the following thoughts on quickly planning and implementing CJS arrangements for expanded COVID-19 response operations.
May 2020 — At the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, we have long recognized the power of storytelling. One way we disseminate learnings is by sharing stories from our grantees and other public health professionals who have worked on cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) initiatives. Recently, we published several stories on the CJS in Action page of our website.
April 2020 — In our Director’s Message today, we introduced you to Dr. Samuel Crumbine, a pioneer in public health. Today, we’d like to talk about a modern-day public health pioneer, Pat Libbey, who served as co-director of the Center from 2012-2018. As we announced in January 2019, Pat decided to begin a long, winding road toward retirement. We are happy to announce that he has finally made it (well, almost) to that destination. Learn more.