Essential Service 4 – Mobilize Partnerships

Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems

Central New Hampshire Rural Health Network Development

Central New Hampshire Rural Health Network Development Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) is providing planning and development assistance to a newly formed vertical rural health network in the central region of New Hampshire. CHI/JSI has assisted with member recruitment, collaborative assessment, and business and operations planning. Additionally, CHI/JSI has provided grant writing assistance to the network that has resulted in over $600,000 in federal and state funding to support network development since 2007 including start-up funding, funding for a rural health outreach project, and community and public health planning and development including emergency preparedness.

Formation and Support of the New Hampshire Public Health Network – Development of Local and Regional Public Health Capacity

Formation and Support of the New Hampshire Public Health Network - Development of Local and Regional Public Health Capacity The Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) began working in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community and Public Health to develop regional Public Health Networks (NHPHN) across New Hampshire in 2000. The NHPHN is comprised of community-based collaboratives involving the broad public health interests working together to address complex public health issues. The NHPHN works to assure coordinated and comprehensive delivery of essential public health services and serves as a local liaison with state agencies involved in the public’s health and safety. By 2009, 15 such regional public health entities were in place covering the entire state. CHI/JSI has provided funding, technical assistance and training to assist communities in engaging a broad range of public health interests to address and identify regional health problems, to assess their local public health systems using standardized national assessment tools, and to develop local approaches for addressing public health structure, capacity and process gaps by formalizing partnerships and building on new and existing resources for improved protection and promotion of the public’s health.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building to Community-based Tobacco Coalition

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building to Community-based Tobacco Coalition The Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) was contracted by New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (NH DHHS), Office of Community and Public Health (OCPH), Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) to provide community technical assistance and program development to local community-based, tobacco prevention coalitions. JSI provided individualized technical assistance to coalitions in the areas of coalition development, strategic planning, and program development as well as planned and conducted monthly trainings and a Fall Conference. The fall conference attracted over 700 participants. JSI acted as a fiscal agent to distribute funds to local coalitions/agencies.

New Hampshire Public Health Association Administrative Support

New Hampshire Public Health Association Administrative Support Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) provided administrative support to the New Hampshire Public Health Association. Administrative duties included: logistical support for two annual conferences; drafting, layout and dissemination of a quarterly newsletter, In the Public’s Health; financial accounting including accounts payable and preparing monthly financial statements; and secretarial/receptionists functions. The CHI designed and produced the original Wash Your Hands poster which continues to be widely disseminated.

New England Rural Health RoundTable Administrative Support

New England Rural Health RoundTable Administrative Support Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) provided the bricks and mortar to the New England Rural Health RoundTable (NERHRT) and assisted the Board of Directors in building the capacity of their membership organization in the six New England states through designated personnel. By handling the NERHRT administrative duties which include: assisting the Board in a national search for an Executive Director, meeting logistics, financial and database maintenance and handling a dedicated phone line, CHI/JSI helped the NERHRT expand their reach in New England and address the unique health needs of rural communities. Additionally, CHI/JSI helped the NERHRT keep their membership up-to-date on the challenges facing their communities by handling all logistics for their annual conferences, quarterly newsletters, website updates and Board retreats which included material development, recruitment, promotion, workshop development, registration and graphic design.

New Hampshire Regional Public Health Capacity Assessment

New Hampshire Regional Public Health Capacity Assessment Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) participated in the NH Public Health Regionalization Initiative in partnership with the NH Division of Public Health Services. CHI/JSI conducted assessments of existing local public health systems to determine what actual capacity exists, based on an adapted version of the National Association for County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Public Health Capacity self-assessment Tool that outlines what capacities should exist. The goal of these assessments is to identify assets and gaps within proposed public health regions, and determine those that lend themselves to regionalization. CHI/JSI also supported the development of the governance assessment that was part of the Regionalization Initiative. This work was supported by the NH Endowment for Health, and was part of a larger project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Multistate Learning Collaborative Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement.

Pandemic Influenza Planning Technical Assistance

Pandemic Influenza Planning Technical Assistance Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) provided technical assistance and support to New Hampshire’s All Health Hazards Regions (AHHRs) for the Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) as the AHHRs developed their regional public health emergency preparedness and response plans, and pandemic influenza annexes. CHI/JSI assisted the regions in conducting a self-assessment of their pandemic influenza readiness, developed strategies to address priority gaps, and implemented trainings for the AHHRs in the development of their plans. CHI/JSI also helped to develop agendas and support materials for use by the AHHRs in implementing community forums to increase public awareness, customized a New Hampshire-centric tabletop exercise for testing plans, trained AHHR personnel to conduct tabletop sessions in their individual regions, as well as coordinating the evaluation of the tabletop exercises; and helped develop a web−based performance management system to track AHHR plan development progress. In addition, CHI/JSI assisted the NH DHHS in reviewing regional plans for completeness, and in providing briefings and updates to NH’s Pandemic Planning Coordinating Committee (PPCC) and the Emergency Preparedness Operation Team.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) provided one-on-one technical assistance to New Hampshire’s All Health Hazards Planning Regions (AHHRs), assisting them with the facilitation of planning processes and plan development. In order to meet technical assistance (TA) needs shared by the AHHRs, CHI/JSI developed and implemented bimonthly technical assistance sessions for the regional Points of Contact (POCs). The POCs are the coordinators of the AHHR planning efforts. Topics addressed in these technical assistance sessions included optimizing strategic national stockpile (SNS) and pandemic influenza planning activities and use of funds, and the nuts and bolts of medical surge planning. CHI/JSI established and maintained systems to support public health emergency planning at the regional (in-state) level. CHI/JSI collected and analyzed AHHR performance data on a monthly basis via the web-based performance management system, and provided DHHS with individualized and summary reports on progress. CHI/JSI made recommendations to DPHS/HSEM regarding the AHHR need for planning templates, and assisted in the review of regional template plans, annexes, and appendices under development by DPHS and HSEM. Among the regional planning templates developed by CHI/JSI were a pandemic influenza annex template and a medical surge annex template, both of which were based on the state plans.