In 2011, the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau received a CDC grant to closely examine their internal processes, so they could regionalize their work and combine individual contracts, with the ultimate goal of better addressing chronic disease prevention and health promotion at the local level. This publication is from the Center for Sharing Public Health Services.
Recognizing great potential for mutual benefit, county commissioners in neighboring Hinsdale and Mineral counties agreed to merge their two health departments, forming the Silver Thread Public Health District. This publication is from the Center for Sharing Public Health Services.
When Washington and Ozaukee counties in Wisconsin merged their health departments, the result was an infrastructure that supports “modern” public health practice and maximizes all available resources. This publication is from the Center for Sharing Public Health Services.
When the vision to consolidate three health departments became a reality, Public Health 3.0 was fully realized in Winnebago County. This publication is from the Center for Sharing Public Health Services.
This example document, comprised of survey data, comes from the merger of the Washington County and Ozaukee County health departments in Wisconsin. A key component of the merger was the implementation of shared information system (IS) services, which included shared drives and electronic health records (EHR). A survey was administered to staff in both counties […]
This report was developed by the Special Commission on Local and Regional Health, a 25-member body tasked with assessing the public health systems in Massachusetts. The executive summary documents key commission findings, as well as recommendations for how to improve public health in Massachusetts. The report makes the case for a more regional approach to […]
Based on an assessment of three local health departments, Kent State University personnel make recommendations for public health leaders who are consolidating local health agencies. Recommendations include 1) defining and collecting baseline information, 2) carefully planning the process of implementation, and 3) addressing challenges (i.e., leadership, credibility, assessment of progress). Call the Center for Sharing […]
This report provides a historical narrative of the process of consolidating three local health departments into one for an entire county. It provides details of how the political, legal, fiscal and administrative challenges to obtaining approval of the merger and of implementing it were met. Harvard Kennedy School. (2012). The Consolidation of the Health Departments […]
This briefing report is a retrospective review of the process, challenges and outcomes of the consolidation of three health departments.
This report provides an overview of the eight major strategic and operational challenges the newly formed Summit County Public Health Department faced as it worked through its first year of transition after consolidating three local public health districts into a unified public health organization. The challenges involved implementing new overall strategic decisions, adjusting personnel and […]