State and Local Public HealthA strong public health system is a fundamental pillar of disease prevention, injury prevention, and health promotion. But to operate effectively, the nation’s public health system will require critical strengthening, according to recent studies by the Institute of Medicine. Particularly needed are initiatives to improve workforce proficiency, information systems, needs assessment and response capacity, and multi-sector partnerships for community health improvement.
For more than thirty years, JSI has worked closely with governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve public health systems. Applying collaborative, evidence-based methods to improve performance has been a hallmark of JSI’s work. JSI has been instrumental in helping to strengthen the capacity of state and local public health systems to develop, implement and monitor their programs.
Among other services that JSI continues to provide its public health partners are: incorporating accreditation standards and assessment processes within a continuous cycle of performance management and quality improvement; implementing community health assessments and improvement plans; developing strategic partnerships and policy initiatives for promoting health; training workforces in a variety of areas, including the use of social media to promote emergency preparedness and response; and improving information systems to measure and evaluate population-wide health outcomes.
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JSI will conduct formative research and develop a social marketing campaign to reduce SIDS in VT.
JSI is assisting the MA Department of Public Health to update and expand their All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan.
This project promotes comprehensive asthma control services in Vermont and reduce the burden of asthma in the state, particularly targeting populations experiencing the greatest burden.
JSI and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are monitoring low-risk individuals traveling to Massachusetts from countries that have documented cases of Ebola.
From a groundbreaking waiver allowing NY to reinvest billions in federal savings, JSI will support the Central NY Care Collaborative in implementing the waiver dollars - addressing critical issues throughout the state and encouraging comprehensive reform.
JSI examined the opportunities/challenges of increased coordination between the delivery of health, behavioral health, substance abuse, and social services to provide “whole-person care” while addressing the population’s health and socioeconomic needs.
JSI facilitated clinical roll-out and user support for the Massachusetts Immunization Information System Program, which is used by health care professionals to report all administered immunizations.
JSI supported the development of the department organizational strategic plan. The plan defines the organization’s roles, priorities, and direction over three to five years.
JSI co-hosted the annual MA adult immunization conference. The conference gathered a range of health care providers and public health professionals to support statewide efforts to increase adult immunization rates
JSI provides technical assistance to the Building a Healthy Northborough initiative to create healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for children and their families through programs, policies, systems, and environmental changes.
To ensure that the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange increases access to affordable, high quality health insurance, JSI conducted focus groups to gather consumer perceptions, wants, and needs to guide design and implementation of the Exchange.
JSI provides technical assistance and training to New Hampshire’s 15 public health regions as they work to build emergency response capacity.
JSI is helping the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing develop a payment methodology for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics, with the goal of improving health outcomes while containing costs.
The Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program is conducting program evaluation activities, including developing a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, with JSI guidance.
To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.
JSI partnered with New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services on projects addressing specific public health capacity and outcome targets, as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Multistate Learning Collaborative.