226781 Effectiveness and Challenges of Regional Community Health Planning Partnerships in Nebraska

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Li-Wu Chen, PhD , College of Public Health, Department of Health Services Research and Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Sara Roberts, MPH , Health Services Research and Administration, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Michelle Lampman, MA , Department of Health Services Research & Administration, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Liyan Xu, MS , Department of Health Services Research & Administration, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
David Palm, PhD , Division of Public Health, Office of Community Health Development, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln, NE
Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this study intends to examine the effectiveness and challenges of regional community health planning partnerships. Partnerships serve an important resource to regional local health departments (RLHDs) when assessing community needs and developing community health plans. In 2009, we conducted a mail survey to gather community partners' perceptions about the effectiveness of their partnerships in 2 Nebraska RLHD jurisdictions. Follow-up telephone interviews were conducted with a subset of partners who completed the mailed survey. We received 52 completed surveys (out of 62) for a total response rate of 83.9% and interviewed 21 community partners.

Community partners rated their partnerships highest in efficiency of the partnership and lowest in effectiveness of the partnership's administration and management. The results on partnership synergy scores indicated that the community partnerships in both regions would fall under the “work zone”, meaning more effort is needed to maximize the partnership's collaborative potential. However, the partnership in the region with a prior history of collaborative activity (i.e., turning point partnership) had a higher synergy score than its counterpart in the other region (3.86 compared to 3.41 on a 5-point scale, p<0.05). In both regions, partners viewed their partnership as a great support in assessing and prioritizing their community needs and saw the LHD instrumental in developing and maintaining their partnership. Most partners identified geographic distance and work demand as major challenges. Strategies used to address these challenges included holding meetings in a centralized location and using information technology tools.

Learning Areas:
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the effectiveness of regional health partnerships in carrying out community health assessments, planning, and initiatives. Identify the challenges faced by regional community health partnerships and the strategies used to address these challenges.

Keywords: Public Health Research, Community Health Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because as the primary investigator of this funding research project, I oversee the design, the data collection and the data analysis associated with this research study.
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.