Local Public Health as Community Health Strategists
The chief health strategist is a newly envisioned role for the “high-achieving” health departments of the near future. Articulated in a report from the Public Health Leadership Forum and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this role requires that health departments become system-level strategic players in their communities while also responding to changing health needs.
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In summary, there are specific systemic conditions that have made the development of this role necessary:
This report is a guiding framework for much of CALPHO’s policy, advocacy, initiatives, and research. As chief health strategists, health departments will need to cultivate new talent, like big data analytics, and build lasting partnerships across all sectors of their communities. Colorado’s local public health agencies are already assuming some aspects of this role through the provisions of the Public Health Act of 2008, the 2019 revised core services and capabilities, the Affordable Care Act, and their accreditation efforts with the Public Health Accreditation Board.