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Modernizing Public Health Through Resource Sharing

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.

COVID-19 and Lessons Learned: Turning Challenge into Opportunity

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.

Rethinking Collaboration in a New Era: 2020 Grantees Announced

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.

Increasing Capacity During COVID-19: 5 Tips to Streamline Partnership Development

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.

Building Bridges: Using Stories to Move from Theory to Practice

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.

Where is Pat Libbey?

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.

Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Efforts

April 2020 — Today, as we face an extraordinary and unprecedented effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19, public health experts around the world are again on the front lines of a new war. This effort is impacting our daily work in multiple ways and it pulls us away from other important initiatives so that we can focus on this more pressing issue. Read more in our latest Director’s Message.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Coming Together to Improve Population Health, Well-Being, and Equity for All

February 2020 — Cross-sector collaborative efforts often are temporary in nature, due to challenges with funding, structure and incentives. What can be done to make collaborations such as these more permanent? In his latest Director’s Message, Gianfranco Pezzino explores this issue and explains why the 10 grantees selected for the new Cross-Sector Innovation Initiative (CSII) will focus on system alignment while working toward their goals to improve population health, well-being and equity for all.

10 Grantees Selected for Cross-Sector Innovation Initiative

February 2020 — The Center for Sharing Public Health Services and the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI), with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are co-leading the Cross-Sector Innovation Initiative (CSII). The CSII is a three-year endeavor to identify and support public health, healthcare and social services organizations striving to build stronger, sustainable connections to better meet the goals and needs of the people they serve and ultimately improve health equity. Learn about the 10 teams selected to participate in the CSII Learning Community.