4110.2: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - Board 4

Abstract #11721

Building Public-Private Partnerships for Improving Community Health

Frances Margolin and Myra Gueco, MPH. Health Research and Educational Trust, One North Franklin, 30th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-422-2607, fmargoll@aha.org

In recent years, the nationís health care system has been guided by market forces that control the distribution of health and health care resources. Many communities are seeking to shift control locally to ensure the use of local resources in a more effective and efficient manner. The emergence of public-private partnerships characterized by cross-sectoral collaborative efforts among public health, social services, hospitals and health systems, and other organizations is proving to be an effective solution. Such partnerships promote shared accountability and greater focus on the health of the community through combined use of resources.

This session will highlight the efforts of two community partnerships, Vision for Health Consortium in Baltimore, MD and Lincoln County Public Health Coalition in Davenport, Washington. These partnerships are implementing the Community Care Network (CCN) vision based on the four dimensions of community health focus, community accountability, management within limited resources, and seamless continuum of care. The CCN Demonstration Program encourages health care providers to work with other local organizations, institutions, and community residents to improve the health care delivery system, enhance local support systems, and address the underlying causes of health problems in the communities. We will describe the strategies to address institutional barriers related to cross-organizational planning. The collaborative relationship between the local health department and health systems has lead to reduced duplication of services and enhanced quality of services and programs focused on locally defined needs. The partnerships will share lessons learned for sustaining a collaborative infrastructure that strengthens interorganizational and intra-organizational relationships.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the value of linking public health, health care system, and community-based organizations to promote improved community health status. 2. Identify strategies to address challenges and barriers related to cross-sectoral collaboration. 3. Identify tools to initiate and sustain collaborative cross-sectoral relationships

Keywords: Public/Private Partnerships, Management and Sustainability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Health Research and Educational Trust W.K. Kellogg Foundation Duke Endowment
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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