Systems change: Leveraging your resources

Plan: Step 1
This process has four elements:

To recruit clinics and facilitate various systems change activities, your agency will require resources to carry out the project. The resources will depend on the scope of the project’s activities and how involved your agency is with the project, but personnel time and material resources will be needed to work with clinics and the community.

Making the case for working with clinics
The resources available at each local public health agency and at the community level vary widely. To cover expenses such as operating costs and LPHA staff time, potential strategies could include:
  • Adjusting a full time employee (FTE) job description to devote some time to working with community clinics. Many LPHA employees are already comfortable working in the community, so this is a natural extension of that role. As mentioned in the case examples earlier, working with clinics can complement public awareness and other outreach work. Providing technical assistance and momentum for quality for improvement project may be just the push clinics need to take on a project. It’s important that the person in this position be visible within the clinical setting.
  • Contacting our student opportunity coordinator to discuss possible opportunities for having an intern from the Colorado School of Public Health.
  • Specifying working with community clinics as part of a grant application for a larger community initiative. For example, if your LPHA has identified obesity prevention as a priority area, include working with clinics as part of your proposal.
  • Partnering with a community organization, nonprofit or educational institution. Forming partnerships could help share the workload and recruit partners with different areas of expertise. Forming an advisory group with members of the LPHA, community group and local clinic could be a starting point to conduct a needs assessment and scope of a potential project.