Online Program

Use of shared service arrangements among local and tribal health departments in Wisconsin: A comparison study between 2012 and 2014

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Kusuma Madamala, PhD, MPH, Public Health Systems Consultant, Vernon Hills, IL
Susan J. Zahner, DrPH, RN, FAAN, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Research Objective 

Describe changes in the use of shared service arrangements as a management strategy to increase capacity to provide public health essential services in Wisconsin over a 2 year timeframe.

Study Design

An online cross-sectional survey of local and tribal health departments in Wisconsin was conducted. Descriptive analyses examine current and plans for future shared service arrangements and characteristics of the types of arrangements in place. Analysis includes change in practice patterns between 2012 and 2014.

Population studied

Local and tribal health departments in Wisconsin (n= 69 in 2014; n=91 in 2012)

Principal findings

Data collection ended January 23, 2015. Major survey findings will be reported including the percent of respondents who currently share services with one or more other health departments, type of arrangements in place, motivators for entering an arrangement, future indications for shared service arrangements and comparison to 2012 findings. Local health departments in Wisconsin use shared services arrangements as a strategy to increase capacity to provide public health essential services. Implications of the findings for public health practitioners, policy makers and researchers will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Describe the types of services currently shared Identify 3 motivators for sharing services Discuss what shared service arrangements have accomplished

Keyword(s): Public Health Administration, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I led the development and revision of the survey instrument. I also led the analysis and presentation of survey data. This study is a follow-up to our previously published study on local public health shared service arrangements.
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.