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 CSUFresno to collaboratively address public health issues affecting Central California residents. Members of the Partnership included directors of 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 Fresno State. 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, and facilitated inter- and intra- community collaborations in the region. The mission of the Partnership was to provide a forum for collaboration among member 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 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 existed.
Central California Public Health Consortium (The Consortium)
In February of 2011, the Partnership became 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 to a formal structure allowed the Consortium to develop the foundation necessary to further strengthen and enhance local public health department capacity. The Consortium also added local Health Officers to its membership, to lend additional public health expertise to the group.
San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium (SJVPHC)
In 2012, Consortium members made a decision 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.