From vision to action: ICH strategic planning services

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If you have read ICH’s previous blogs, you know that ICH can support your program evaluation and research needs, but did you know that we also provide strategic planning?  We offer a range of services, including developing a new mission and vision, collecting data to learn about the strengths and needs of the communities you serve, facilitating SWOC (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges) sessions, and developing an action-oriented strategic plan. We can also provide planning services on a smaller scale, spending just a session or two helping your agency think about what direction you’re headed and determining future priorities.

Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force Strategic Planning Project

ICH recently created a 5-year strategic plan for the City of Lawrence’s Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF). The Lawrence MHTF is charged with improving the community’s overall health and well-being, with a particular emphasis on addressing health inequities and social determinants of health in this majority Latino immigrant city. Due to an infusion of new funding that led to a significant expansion in size, the MHTF was looking for a consultant to develop a plan to successfully meet current and future community health needs.

Working closely with both their staff and their Executive Committee, we developed new vision and mission statements, and then launched a process that included stakeholder interviews and surveys, collection of secondary data, and facilitation of SWOC sessions.  This culminated in a 2-day event where we guided the MHTF to make key decisions on the direction of the task force and developed organizational development priorities and key focus areas for the group. ICH then worked with the group to develop a full strategic plan with implementation recommendations.

An advantage to working with ICH is our ability to provide a full span of services. After completing the strategic plan, we worked with the Lawrence MHTF to develop logic models for each of their focus areas, and we’re now serving as their evaluator as they move forward with implementing their plan.

Emily Chiasson, MSW, MPH

Associate Director