Online Program

Starting Strong in Illinois Collaborative

Monday, November 4, 2013

Claudia A. Baier, MPH, VNA Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Kuliva N. Wilburn, MPH, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago, IL
Clarita Santos, MPH, Community Health Initiatives, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Janine Lewis, BS, MPH, PhD(c), Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, Chicago, IL
Nanette Silva, MPH, Community Memorial Foundation, Hinsdale, IL
Donna L. Gerber, MA, MBA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Margie Schaps, MPH, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago, IL
Starting Strong in Illinois is an innovative, collaborative approach that maximizes public and private resources to best implement and access the full potential of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois. Since 2010, a group of public health advocates and providers have been working with the region's health foundations to create a statewide roadmap that coordinates policy, advocacy, education and outreach for health care reform implementation in Illinois, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations.

The overall strategy includes three key phases: Phase 1: Convene funders and fund advocacy groups to map out strategies and short-term action plans in consultation with state public health agencies. Phase 2: Fund (a) consultants to help the state to apply for federal grants and test new service models; (b) advocacy organizations to work on legislation and administrative actions needed for successful ACA implementation in Illinois; and (c) non-profits and Cook County Health System to prepare for ACA implementation. Phase 3: Support state and non-profit efforts to enroll eligible individuals and families to the appropriate programs. When the ACA was ratified by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 and the scope of work for health reform implementation expanded, the Collaborative developed a coordinated ACA implementation strategic plan that aligns with Illinois' renewed energy and sense of urgency as we prepare to meet the provisions of the health reform law. As the Collaborative works to reach benchmarks in the state's ACA implementation plan, it has expanded to include agencies that represent a new voice and/or point of action. Working closely and fluidly throughout the process has benefited both the non-profit agencies and the funders, in that it allows a continuous line of communication and education and a collective sense of mission. With the arrival of the start date for health reform (January 1, 2014) the collaborative continues to meet quarterly, working together to develop and fulfill the necessary policy, advocacy, education and outreach activities in Illinois.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the benefits to having funders at the table early-on in a project planning process. Analyze the processes involved in starting and maintaining collaborations with Formulate how grantmakers can actively take part in local public health community efforts. For Public Health Grantmakers/Donors: Describe the benefits of involvement in local public health planning endeavors. Discuss ways to partner with public health-focused nonprofits, share work with other foundations, and communicate the need for collaboration to our boards. Identify methods by which grantmakers can share ideas and best practices that will increase our creativity, leverage our dollars and strengthen the practice of public health.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in philanthropy since 2002. In addition to grantmaking I am active in Chicago’s philanthropic community, collaborating with foundations and npos to improve the health of underserved populations. An example of this collaboration is the Starting Strong in IL Collaborative. Previously, I was on faculty at Rush Medical College where I planned and sought funding for community based service programs. I am a member of Grantmakers in Health, Council on Foundations and APHA.
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.