142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Assessing stakeholder engagement: An evaluation of the Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions Planning and Facilitation project

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Lynn Ibekwe, MPH , Institute for Community Health, Cambridge, MA
Nazmim Bhuiya, MPH , Institute for Community Health, Cambridge, MA
Justeen Hyde, PhD , Institute for Community Health, Cambridge, MA
In 2012, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) issued guidance for the establishment of healthcare coalitions, emphasizing these partnerships as integral to emergency preparedness and strategy coordination for an “all-hazard” approach. Responding to changing national priorities and a critical gap in the current system in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM) is engaging in a multi-year project to establish six regional multi-disciplinary health and medical coordinating coalitions (HMCC), built around five core disciplines: local public health, hospitals, emergency medical services, community health centers and ambulatory care practices, and long term care. The HMCC will support regional preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.

OPEM, with support from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), conducted a series of facilitated, multi-discipline discussions with stakeholders as part of the HMCC planning process. BUSPH partnered with the Institute for Community Health (ICH) to evaluate these facilitation activities. Using a mixed methods approach, ICH assessed outcomes such as knowledge of the HMCC planning process and facilitating factors and barriers faced during the facilitation phase. The data was analyzed aggregately, using descriptive statistics for quantitative items and thematic coding for qualitative.

This presentation will include an overview of the HMCC facilitation process, and outcomes from evaluation activities including in-person structured interviews with key stakeholders and BUSPH staff, post-facilitation meeting surveys, and meeting notes/observations. Lessons learned from this process will be useful for those planning to build similar coalitions to enhance emergency preparedness and response efforts.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe an approach to conducting an evaluation of the regional health and medical coordinating coalitions’ facilitation phase. Identify appropriate indicators to measure a regions’ readiness for developing regional HMCCs.

Keyword(s): Emergency Preparedness, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as an evaluator for the Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions Planning and Facilitation Project. I have worked in the emergency preparedness and public health field for a number of years.
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.