San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium
Central California Public Health Partnership (The Partnership)
The Central California Public Health Partnership was established in February of 1999, to provide an informal structure that would allow public health departments and the University to collaboratively address public health issues affecting Central California residents. Members of the Partnership included the Directors of the public health departments in Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Kern, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties and the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno. The Partnership was created to improve community and population health status by strengthening regional collaboration, planning, workforce development and training. The group offered an infrastructure to support research and data analysis, policy engagement, and outreach as well as facilitating inter- and intra-community collaborations in the region. The mission of the Partnership was to provide a forum for collaboration among the Central San Joaquin Valley counties for regional planning and implementation of public health strategies. Special attention was given to initiatives that developed and delivered professional training, to promote faculty and community capacity to support public health awareness and education.
Prior to the establishment of the Partnership, no real clearinghouse or structure existed which focused on resolving regional public health issues, dissemination of outcomes, or technical assistance to assist in program replication of services aimed at current public health issues and outbreaks.
Central California Public Health Consortium (The Consortium)
In February of 2011, the Partnership transformed into the Central California Public Health Consortium to facilitate the development and implementation of regional strategies to enhance local health department capacities that would ultimately lead to national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board in each jurisdiction. The Partnership recognized that future opportunities to successfully implement regional strategies to enhance local public health capacity would require a more formal collaborative structure. This transformation from an informal to formal structure allowed the Consortium to develop the foundation necessary to further strengthen and enhance local public health capacity. The Consortium also added local Health Officers to membership in order to lend additional public health expertise to the group. Consortium core infrastructure development included the dedication of research and clerical staff, creation and adoption of Operating Principles, development of annual plans, and the creation of a sustainability plan.
Consortium members met monthly at various locations and attended their first planning retreat in September of 2011 in order to identify their mission, vision, and Operating Principles, as well as a leadership structure. In April of 2012, the Consortium Operating Principles were approved by the general membership. The second planning retreat was in August of 2012, at which regional and county priorities were determined and members continued to work on their accreditation plans.
San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium (SJVPHC)
At the August 2012 Planning Retreat, Consortium members decided on one regional priority- Capacity Building to Prevent and Manage Chronic Disease. A decision was also made to change the name from the Central California Public Health Consortium to the San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium (SJVPHC) in order to better define the region nationally and assist with future branding of the Consortium.
Multicultural Public Health Conferences
The Central California Public Health Partnership sponsored two successful conferences addressing a myriad of public health issues affecting the region.
The first conference in 2002 "Embracing Cultural Competence in Community Health" aimed to support exploration of culturally sensitive health care delivery tactics and techniques relevant to all levels of public health care.
The second conference in 2003 "Addressing Health Disparities" was an exploration of health disparities and workforce development in the Central San Joaquin Valley, with an emphasis on diverse populations.
Cultiva la Salud
Formerly known as Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP)
A major accomplishment of the Central California Public Health Partnership was the development of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) in 2005 (now known as Cultiva la Salud). The program was dedicated to creating environments that support healthy eating and active living. In many Valley communities, people experience barriers to easily buy ing healthy food. Further, many neighborhoods in the region are designed in ways that make it difficult and unsafe to be physically active. CCROPP worked to build unified efforts to assure that everyone in the Valley has access to healthy foods and safe places to be active, with an awareness that healthy environments provide healthy choices and promote healthy people.
CCROPP serves as a prime example of Partnership efforts to address a public health issue shared by all counties in the region. CCROPP increased local health department capacity to impact obesity and chronic disease in the region, primarily by developing the skills and knowledge of local health department staff to affect policy and system change in their respective counties.