Online Program

Community health improvement across a state: Assessing the system and developing a corresponding model

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Julie A. Willems Van Dijk, RN, PhD, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Madison, WI
Julie Hladky, MPH, Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB), Kimberly, WI
Sarah J. Beversdorf, MPH/MSW, Wisconsin Public Health Association, Kimberly, WI
Communities across the country conduct and participate in community health improvement efforts. Community health assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and partnership are all components of the Public Health Accreditation Board standards for local health departments; similar requirements are in place for not-for-profit hospitals through the Affordable Care Act and IRS requirements. While numerous resources exist for such efforts, it can be difficult to sort through various tools and models and determine how to best approach the process. A funded project in Wisconsin assessed local community health improvement efforts in the state and developed a number of tactics to address the challenges that were identified. The project: created a health improvement model that incorporated the best from multiple models, including Wisconsin's state health plan, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, and the National Prevention Strategy; identified significant gaps in the community health improvement system; developed a set of tools and resources to address the gaps, and; piloted tools in 10 communities across the state. This session will review the statewide assessment process and the resulting health improvement model.

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Compare strengths of various health improvement models Identify strategies to find strengths and areas for improvement in local or state community health improvement processes

Keyword(s): Community Health Planning, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the academic partner on this work. I have a PhD in Nursing with an emphasis in Public Health Leadership and have led community health improvement efforts in my role as a local health official for over 20 years. I have also conducted research on the health improvement process.
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.