142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Health systems transformation: Using systems thinking and assessment to strategically plan for and enhance organizational effectiveness

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Mike Lowther, M.A. , State Technical Assistance Group, JBS International, Lincoln, NE
This session will provide an overview of a structured, assessment-driven planning process that has been used to develop highly effective health systems at the municipal, state, tribal and territorial levels that has increased their ability to achieve desired population–level health outcomes. The planning tools and frameworks presented in the session are based on systems research and core strategic planning principles, and use logic modeling to identify and map the relationships between organizational problems, organizational practices and behaviors, and the intervening variables which drive them. Logic models are then used to identify  targeted goals with regard to desired changes in organizational functioning, specific objectives to address the key intervening variables that compromise organizational effectiveness, measurable immediate, intermediate and long-term organizational outcomes, and  strategies and activities that are logically linked to—and most likely to be effective at achieving—desired organizational development goals, objectives, and outcomes. The process also includes an implementation planning component that clearly defines roles, responsibilities and time lines, and an evaluation component sufficient to monitor progress toward outcomes and provide information for midcourse adjustments as needed.  The session will also include a brief overview of how an organizational development plan can serve as the foundation for subsequent creation of a sustainability/strategic financing plan that analyzes existing and potential resources and infrastructure and aligns them to support desired organizational and population-level health outcomes.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how logic modeling can be used to identify and map the relationships between organizational problems, organizational practices and behaviors, and intervening variables in order to inform organizational development planning. Describe the components of a structured process for using organizational assessment data to identify targeted system development goals and objectives, measurable outcomes, and logically-linked strategies and activities. Identify criteria for designing effective process and outcome evaluation systems for monitoring the implementation of systems planning efforts and progress toward desired changes in health system development.

Keyword(s): Health Systems Transformation, Organizational Change

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 30 years of experience in leading, supervising, developing, and implementing public health programs at the federal, state and community levels. I have extensive expertise in social change theory, public policy and planning, organizational development, technical assistance and facilitation. Over my career, I have worked with and in communities, state government, universities and the federal government to enhance public health outcomes and increase the capacity of those systems to achieve their goals.
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.

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