142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Sharing Public Health Functions and Capabilities: Leadership Strategies

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Patrick Libbey , Center for Sharing Public Health Services, Topeka, KS
Increasingly, local health officials and policymakers are turning to shared public health functions and capabilities across political boundaries to increase efficiencies and effectiveness.  The Center for Sharing Public Health services, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supports and captures the learning from 16 teams across the country that are engaged in a range of activities related to exploring, developing, implementing, and/or improving cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS).  The goal of this session is to share strategies from these practice-based experiences that can be applied in other jurisdictions that are exploring or pursuing CJS.  Specifically, the strategies address shared leadership, change management and public policy goals. 

Establishing shared leadership draws on attributes and skills that often run counter to what is taught regarding traditional leadership.  For example, when collaborating on CJS efforts, local health officials (LHOs) are well-served by being open-minded, able to accommodate others’ priorities, and patient; in contrast, it is often necessary to be focused, determined and decisive when managing operations – and particularly when managing a public health crisis. 

Attention to communications, staff perceptions and concerns, and the impact of potential changes on staff are the hallmarks of change management – an important element of planning and implementing CJS.  Change management is distinctly different from project management and its focus on managing tasks within a specified timeline and budget. 

Understanding policymakers’ goals and working within that context can position LHOs to be even more effective in discussions with elected officials -- a new approach for those who have traditionally focused on educating policymakers about public health and its importance.  Serving their constituents, attaining efficiencies and enhancing effectiveness are all fairly common public policy goals that have direct bearing on CJS efforts.

Specific strategies will be more fully described using practice-based examples.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List three strategies to be an effective leader in cross-jurisdictional (CJS) arrangements. Differentiate between change management and project management. Describe the difference between traditional leadership qualities and those needed to be effective when working on CJS arrangements. Describe policy goals that may be achieved through CJS arrangements.

Keyword(s): Local Public Health Agencies, Leadership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the Center Co-Director, I oversee all aspects of learning about and supporting 16 teams across the country that are working on cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangements for local public health departments. In addition, I provide technical assistance to these teams in addition to other health departments that have requested advice and guidance.
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.