179326 An Example of Regional Collaboration Success and Approaches in Public Health Innovation: Northwest North Carolina Partnership for Public Health

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 8:30 AM

Joseph Barry Bass, MSW , Davie County Health Department, Mocksville, NC
Candice C. DuVernois, RN, MPH , Northwest Partnership for Public Health, Boone, NC
R. Erin Ridings, BS , School of Public Health, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Demonstrating support for voluntary associations of local public health agencies, the North Carolina Legislature funds the NC Public Health Incubator Collaboratives (NCPHICs) or “Partnerships” to improve public health through a regional approach. Combining experience, expertise and resources of local Health Directors and staff, the goals are to support of positive health policy and effective grass roots projects.

The Northwest Partnership consists of 10 county health departments. As a region, the Northwest Partnership has explored projects in Workforce Development, Social Justice, and Best Practice approaches to public health. Local Health Directors in each county guide projects through a shared coordinator, with one Health Department acting as the fiscal agent. The Partnership has led improvements in WIC, Family Planning and Maternity Care services. The Partnership has conducted an Environmental Health staff satisfaction survey and a comparison between North Carolina and other Environmental Health programs.

Innovation is the common theme for Incubator projects. The Northwest Partnership has looked at variety of new solutions to old challenges. Solutions come from the expertise of staff across the ten-county region and are then shared with the other 90 counties in the state. The Partnership has also worked with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University.

This session will 1) provide a brief overview of North Carolina Public Health Incubators; 2) share products and best practices that have resulted from work in the Northwest region; and 3) share lessons learned that may be applied to other states.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Define the Incubator program as used in North Carolina Public Health; 2) Discuss advantages and disadvantages in working as a region on shared projects; and 3) Identify at least one project approach that might benefit his or her region.

Keywords: Collaboration, Public Health Administration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project coordinator for the Northwest Partnership for Public Health and have been in this position for over a year.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.