Exploring sharing agreements to improve public health services throughout the San Luis Valley region of Colorado

Six rural county health agencies in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley region are exploring the feasibility of engaging in Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing (CJS) arrangements to improve public health services throughout the region. Particular attention will be paid to the issues of financing, governance, legal and policy issues. With technical support from the Center for Sharing Public Health Services and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment Office of Planning and Partnership, the team will develop a strategic plan for implementing additional cross-jurisdictional sharing agreements among the participating counties.

The Colorado Department of Health and the Environment: Office of Planning and Partnerships identified a grant opportunity to explore cross-jurisdictional public health sharing funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed through the Center for Sharing Public Health Services. The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is a national initiative managed by the Kansas Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center brings teams from around the country together for shared learning and discovery.

The San Luis Valley applied for and was awarded $124,980 for a two-year grant.

[This project was completed in March, 2014]