Starting Strong in Illinois Collaborative
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
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.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in philanthropy since 2002. In addition to grantmaking I am active in Chicagoâs 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.
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