Online Program

Public Health Shared Administrative Services: Opportunities for Local Government Service Delivery?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cory Fleming, Center for Sustainable Communities, International City/County Management Association, Washington, DC
In this era of fiscal constraint, new cost-saving measures must be explored by local government leaders in order to deliver quality public health care services to citizens. In 2014, the International City/County Management Association [ICMA] undertook a national study of the types of shared services arrangements for administrative services that exist among local government public health offices. A national survey undertaken as part of the study found that 36% of local governments reported sharing back-office functions.  The reasons for doing so stemmed the desire to improve performance and effectiveness of services as well as cost saving goals. In addition to the survey, ICMA co-produced three in-depth case studies of jurisdictions that had adopted such practices with Center for Sharing Public Health Services (CSPHS) at the Kansas Health Institute. The APHA presentation will highlight findings from the national survey, showcase different models used for shared administrative services from the three case studies, and discuss research gaps that might be addressed by future research.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe the results of a national survey of local governments on public health shared administrative services. Identify different models for shared administrative services for local government public health. Discuss research gaps in the development of public health shared administrative services.

Keyword(s): Research, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the principal investigator for the National Study of Public Health Shared Administrative Services Study for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). As a professional association for local government executives, ICMA has a vested interest in furthering research on issues that result in greater efficiency and effectiveness of local government service delivery.
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.