249928 Building Healthy Communities and Increasing Public Health Funding: Partnership Stories from Wisconsin

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM

Kate Konkle, MPH , Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Kim Contardi, MPH , Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Laura Sauve, RN , Barron County Department of Health & Human Services, Barron, WI
Kurt Eggebrecht, MEd MCHES , Appleton City Health Department1, Appleton, WI
Marion Ceraso, MHS, MA , Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Thomas R. Oliver, PhD, MHA , School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Peter Layde, MD, MSc , Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Multi-sector, public-private partnerships have become a central component of community health improvement efforts across the state of Wisconsin. The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute – an innovative workforce development program of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – offers teams representing local or statewide partnerships an intensive, year-long program of on-site and distance continuing education to build public health and collaborative leadership skills. Participants in the Community Teams Program successfully build partnerships across sectors, including business, schools, parks and recreation, non-profit, academia, health care, local government and public health. Through collaborative leadership, project planning, implementation and evaluation skills gained through participation in the program, teams build community partnerships to launch initiatives such as worksite farmer's markets and increased opportunities for physical activity and improved nutrition in schools, and take on complex public health challenges such as mental illness, alcohol abuse and disparities in access to cancer care, among others. In addition, 60% of teams in the first two years of the program report that their participation in the program helped them obtain grant funding for their public health initiatives. In this presentation, local team members will tell their stories. They will discuss their partnership building efforts, the keys to their successes and the challenges they confronted, and continue to confront, in their ongoing journeys to improve community health.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the contribution that focused training in the development and leadership of multi-sector, public-private partnerships can make to community health improvement initiatives. Analyze case studies of specific partnerships in Wisconsin that initiated health-promoting changes in their community environments. Discuss the training and preparation that can improve community partnerships’ abilities to successfully compete for grant funding.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have participated in the Community Teams Program of the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute and I currently serve as the Health Officer for a health department in Wisconsin.
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.