Online Program

Washington State Community Transformation Grants (CTG): Lessons learned in developing cross-sector partnerships for sustainable change

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Kathryn Akeah, Office of Healthy Communities, Washington State Department of Health, Tumwater, WA
Kathleen MacGuire, MPH, Community Transformation Partnership, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma, WA
Lindsey Greto, MPA, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

In Washington State, there are seven CTG funded programs: two Implementation, two Capacity Building, two Small Communities and one through a National Network. Creating healthy communities throughout the state requires coordinated priority setting, communication and multi-level partnerships. However, funding structures, agency priorities and diverse community needs can make coordination difficult. Through consistent cross-sector communication and gap analysis, Washington is leveraging CTG for sustainable change. Based on early lessons learned, other grantees can strengthen their approach to cross-sector partnership building to leverage existing and future funds.

Methods: Monthly calls with a shared agenda are conducted with all CTG sites. These calls allow for stronger connections through sharing of lessons learned, common barriers and solutions.

Additional partnership occurs through gap analysis in subject focus areas and Common Agenda setting for leadership teams.

Results: Implementation at the local level has been strengthened through coordination, leading to partnerships that expand each awardee's work across the state. In the presentation, several examples will be discussed.

Conclusions: CTG awardees risk duplicating efforts and less than effective work if they do not make substantive steps towards thorough gap analysis of works in progress. Cross-sector coordination is essential to leveraging partnerships for long term change in diverse communities. Dedicated staff time and intentional partnerships are needed to pursue common agendas across funding streams and to leverage current funding. Through partnership across sites, Washington will continue building on these successes and develop new opportunities to reduce health disparities and create sustainable, healthy changes for all communities.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Communication and informatics
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe innovative approaches to building lasting networks through multilevel organizations to address chronic disease through policy and systems change. Compare between their desired community initiatives and infrastructure and what the Washington state CTG awardees have learned about the first years of grant implementation. Describe the CTG program and the Washington state model of cross-communication between CTG awardees.

Keyword(s): Community, Communication

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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