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A Study of Nebraska's Local Public Health Agency Model

In 2008, the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center was awarded a two-year grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess the benefit, challenges, and performance of Nebraska's regional public health agency model. This project consisted of three research aims, each exploring unique elements of a regional public health agency model and the impact of such a model on the performance of core public health functions.


AIM 1


Assess various aspects of the structural capacity as well as the political and social environment of local health departments (LHDs) in Nebraska and examine the relationship between county composition and the performance of core public health functions for regional LHDs in Nebraska.

 

 

Research Findings

 

 
  • Nebraska's Local Health Department Workforce
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  • Local Community Support for and Governance of Nebraska's Local Health Departments
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  • Experiences of Nebraska's Local Health Departments in Building Public Health
        Partnerships
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  • Performance of Nebraska's Local Health Departments
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    AIM 2


    Examine issues related to community partnerships in the context of regional LHDs.

     

     

    Research Highlights

     

     
  • Experiences of Nebraska's Regional Health Departments in Building Public Health
        Partnerships
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    AIM 3


    Understand the challenges that regional LHDs face in making decisions about resource allocation and prioritization and the implications of those decisions for public health practice and performance.

     

     

    Research Highlights

     

     
  • Experiences of Nebraska's Regional Local Health Departments in Making Resource
        Allocation Decisions
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    Principal Investigator

    Li-Wu Chen, PhD

    Associate Professor

    Department of Health Services Research & Administration

    College of Public Health

    University of Nebraska Medical Center

     

    Co-Investigator

    David Palm, PhD

    Administrator

    Office of Community Health Development

    Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

     

    Research Team

    Michelle Lampman, MA

    Sara Roberts, MPH

    Liyan Xu, MS

    Janelle Jacobson, MPH

     

      



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