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.
There are many kinds of cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements, from simple handshake agreements to full-scale consolidation or mergers of health departments. Throughout this wide spectrum of arrangements, there are several factors that can increase the likelihood that a CJS arrangement will be successful. This publication is from the Center for Sharing Public Health Services.
This article assessed the financial implications of communicable disease surveillance in Colorado local public health agencies to identify possible economies of scale. Communicable disease surveillance is a core public health service required by local public health agencies in Colorado, and this study used staff salaries and time logs to estimate the amount of time devoted […]
With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services partnered to develop the following suite of tools that support the sharing of services – both clinical and nonclinical – between local health departments (LHDs) and health centers.
This article describes factors that contribute to successful implementation of public health science. Health departments that are successful in implementing evidence-based practices have strong relationships and good communication channels established with their academic partner(s). Implementation of evidence-based programs was most often related to high priority community needs and the availability of resources to address these […]
This article provides a past and present overview perspective of public health services and systems research (PHSSR) while making the case that PHSSR can provide guidance to the public health community in addressing changes to the larger health system that impact population health. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023271
This systematic review provides a synthesis of the growing field of public health systems research related to the structure and organization of state and local governmental public health agencies. It includes an overview of research examining the influence of organizational characteristics on public health performance and health status and a summary of the strengths and […]
This article introduces Public Health Law Research as an integral part of Public Health Systems and Services Research and discusses the challenges of their integration. It gives examples of current research that demonstrate the benefits of an integrated approach to improving the use of law in public health practice. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023273 Ibrahim, J. K., […]
This article describes the results of a 2011 national online and written survey of the composition and duties of local boards of health in the United States. Responses were received from 363 boards of health in 35 states and described the boards’ demographics, roles and responsibilities, orientation and training, and concerns and needs. Available online: […]