263641 Relationship between Population Level Health Outcomes and Collaborative Partnership of Local Health Department and Hospital

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Kristina Rabarison, MS , National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research, University of Kentucky - College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
Lava Timsina, MPH , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Richard Ingram, DrPH , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
This research seeks to demonstrate the importance of a collaborative relationship between non-profit hospitals and local health departments (LHDs)in activities, aimed to improve and maintain high community health status, such as community health assessment (CHA). This is of importance because of the 2009 Internal Revenue Service Schedule H addition to Form 990 for all non-profit organizations which requires not for profit hospitals to conduct CHA as part of their community benefit requirement. In addition, Schedule H overlaps with the public health accreditation board's pre-requisite for LHDs to conduct a CHA as part of the accreditation process.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between population-level health outcomes and types of partnerships; and examine the association between hospitals and LHDs partnerships and conducting CHAs in the past three years.

This is a cross-sectional study that links the 2008 NACCHO profile survey of LHDs with the 2009 Community Health Status Indicators(coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, colon cancer, syphilis, pertussis, low birth weight, and very low birth weight)

Bivariate and multivariate analyzes will be conducted to elucidate relationships between community health outcomes and LHD-hospital partnership. Control variables in the regression models will include LHD jurisdiction characteristics that might influence health at population level: population size, racial and ethnic compositions.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the value of a collaborative partnership between LHDs and hospitals. Explain the implications of a collaborative partnership between LHDs and hospitals on population-level health outcomes.

Keywords: Collaboration, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a second year doctoral student with a research focus in PHSSR at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. I also a research assistant at the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR currently working on research related to Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan as they relate to improved LHD performance.
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.