Hunterdon Regional Community Health, a part of Hunterdon Healthcare System, leads the Partnership for Health: A New Model Linking Assessment, Collaboration and Technology. In collaboration with Hunterdon Medical Center, the Hunterdon County Health Department and more than 30 organizational members of the Partnership for Health in Hunterdon County, they are developing a more efficient model of community assessments and implementation of the “CHIP” (community health improvement plan) by linking multiple assessments and secondary data online through a public health information exchange (PHIE or data sharing repository) and implementation software. This software allows organizations to construct ‘Strategy Maps’ and ‘Community Balanced Scorecards’ to facilitate development and execution of strategic goals, measurable objectives and deliverables. The Partnership for Health website will house Web 2.0 applications including a community Wiki and health education blogs along with interface to Facebook and LinkedIn networks. Social marketing strategies will be used to promote professional and public use. To evaluate the effectiveness, a pre-post organizational network analysis will be done to determine whether improvements were made in increasing membership to Partnership for Health and building/strengthening organizational partnerships. The culmination of this work will be the starting point of a diffusion of innovation where traditional community assessments merge with online technologies that foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and community participation and increased recognition of the face of public health.
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