265014 Merging Independent Nonprofit Community Health Agencies: A Response to Changes in Funding Conditions

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ilise Zimmerman, MS, MPH , Northern New Jersey Maternal/Child Health Consortium, Paramus, NJ
Marijane Lundt, MPA , Gateway Northwest Maternal and Child Health Network, Newark, NJ
Carolyn E. De Boer, MS , Northern NJ Maternal/Child Health Consortium, Paramus, NJ
In NJ, Maternal Child Health Consortia (MCHC) are independent, non-profit corporations licensed by the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services to perform public health planning, quality improvement, and professional and consumer education. Hospitals with inpatient obstetric services pay dues to MCHC based on the annual number of infants born at their facilities. In response to increasing financial pressure on hospitals and decreasing government funding, three MCHC in northern NJ are in the process of executing a corporate merger. Planning for this consolidation has focused on governance, finances, and program considerations. Balancing fiscal priorities with public health needs has required the use of objective decision making models. Lessons learned during the process will be used to illustrate the recession's impact on public health initiatives addressing women's and children's health.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the challenges of forging a common corporate culture while merging three independent nonprofit public health agencies. List successful strategies to engage joint board participation. Evaluate the factors contributing to or preventing the achievement of sustained public health initiatives.

Keywords: Challenges and Opportunities, Management and Sustainability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Since 1992, I have been the President & CEO of a nonprofit organization that is currently in the process of completing a merger brought about by the changing economic priorities of our funders and constituents.
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.