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Public Health Infrastructure Projects
ICH collaborates with a variety of partners on public health infrastructure projects. Some of our projects include the following:
As part of national efforts to to strengthen local public health infrastructure and improve state and local capacity to provide essential public health services, in 2010 the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) received federal funding under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish the DIG Program as part of the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s National Public Health Improvement Initiative. The five-year DIG program was established with the purpose of providing financial support for groups of municipalities across the state to either form comprehensive regional public health districts or enter into formal agreements to share resources and coordinate services.
MDPH has partnered with the Institute for Community Health to provide evaluation services and grantee technical assistance support for the DIG program. Ultimate goals of the DIG program include:
- Improving the quality and efficiency of local public health services
- Increasing the scope of services offered
- Strengthening the qualifications of the state’s local public health workforce
- Increasing and reducing disparities in capacity
- Preparing for eventual health system accreditation
- Improving population health
For more information on ICH’s work around public health infrastructure, please see the Massachusetts Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) website. The MAPBRN is a Robert Wood Johnson funded collaboration between the Practice Office, the Regionalization Working Group, the Institute of Community Health and local public health officials to increase the development and translation of research findings that inform improvements in public health systems and health outcomes.