Performance Improvement 1999. Public Health Infrastructure


TITLE: County-Level Tracking of Public Health Functions and Policy Issues

ABSTRACT: This project will assure that documentation of budget and workforce capacity performance of essential public health services will be available regarding the twelve cities studied by the Center for Studying Health Systems Change's "Longitudinal Community Study." The longitudinal study is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) for at least four years, and will identify changes in the public health system over the same period.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-4872

PIC ID: 6325

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ


TITLE: Role of Health Plans in Community-Level Health Improvement

ABSTRACT: The purposes of this project are to identify the potential for health plans' participation in community-level health improvement activities, and to examine the incentives and barriers that will affect their decisions to take part in community-based health efforts.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-7780

PIC ID: 6492

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Partnership For Prevention, Washington D.C.


TITLE: Develop Local Department Early Detection Capabilities for the Health and Medical Consequences of the New Welfare Reform

ABSTRACT: The Regional Health Administrator, Public Health Service (PHS) Region V, in collaboration with the Public Health Practice Program Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide partial support for a project entitled, "Welfare Reform: Early Detection, Prevention, and Health Promotion Interventions for Local Health Departments in Alabama". The University of Alabama School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Public Health, conducted a one-day conference at the Sheraton Civic Center in Birmingham on April 9, 1998 for 155 sub-State public health administrators, supervisory nursing and social work personnel, and senior state staff. The conference ensured that participants: (1) understood provisions of the new welfare legislation affecting public health systems, (2) recognized events and trends in the health status of local populations affected by the new welfare legislation, (3) employed appropriate prevention and health education strategies to mitigate negative effects of the new welfare legislation, and (4) assessed the effects of their interventions. Satellite downlinks extended the conference to staff of most county health departments in the state. Pre- and post-test questionnaires assessed gains in participant knowledge. A post-conference survey identified improvements in job performance and public health practice relative to conference objectives.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Public Health and Science, Region V

FEDERAL CONTACT: Beaumont .Hagebak, Ed.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 404-331-2317

PIC ID: 6686

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: University of Alabama, School of Public Health Birmingham, AL


TITLE: Analysis of State and Local Public Health Policy and Program Activities

ABSTRACT: This project will identify, describe and analyze State and local efforts to address public health infrastructure issues and their potential impacts on Office of Public Health and Sciences (OPHS) policies and programs. The project serves as a communications conduit enabling OPHS to obtain timely information for informing decision making concerning the impact of Federal policies on States and localities, and for coordinating Federal, State and local initiatives. Examples of projects undertaken with this contract include an analysis of State laws related to AIDS and confidentiality, as well as State implementation of the model law for tobacco control. The Public Health Functions Working Group and Steering Committee, with representatives from all of the former agencies of the Public Health Service, provide guidance to the project. (See PIC ID 6326.1, 6326.2)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

FEDERAL CONTACT: Deborah R. Maiese

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5809

PIC ID: 6326

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Public Health Foundation, Washington, D.C.