The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is a $4 million national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), a policy organization based in Topeka, Kan. The Center focuses its work on being a resource for cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS), recognizing there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. The Center strives to develop a collective knowledge of what works and under what circumstances.
The Center’s work is based on the idea that cross-jurisdictional sharing is one way policymakers, public health administrators, public health practitioners and others can protect and improve the health of their communities. This graphic illustrates the broad spectrum of shared arrangements, from informal agreements to the formal creation of new public health entities.
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded collaboration between BUSPH, the Regionalization Working Group, the Institute for Community Health and local public health officials. The purpose of practice-based research networks is to increase the development and translation of research findings that inform improvements in public health systems and health outcomes.
MDPH has been an integral partner of the Regionalization Project since its inception. MDPH has sponsored or served as a conduit of federal funds for much of the regionalization work over the past several years. Its personnel are founding members of the Working Group and have garnered support for the goals and work of the Regionalization Project from the state Commissioner of Public Health, key legislators and other leaders.
The Institute for Community Health is a nationally recognized catalyst for sustainable community health improvement, uniting real world practice with academic research.
Based in Cambridge, MA, ICH has worked closely with the Regionalization Project since its inception, and has taken the lead on the Practice Based Research Network described above.