Public Health State and Territorial Health Department Strategic Planning Module

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The strengthening public health systems and infrastructure learning modules package is designed to support public health agencies in making systems level decisions to improve the quality and efficiency of services provided by state public health agencies. This includes meeting PHAB Accreditation and Reaccreditation Requirements, instituting a performance management system, creating a culture of quality, and aligning planning efforts in order to create high efficiency public health agencies. The topic specific modules will include existing ASTHO Resources (Webinars, Toolkits, Briefs, Templates), State Examples, and recommended relevant partner resources. Learners will be able to: 

- Identify the key steps to a health agency strategic planning process 

- Explain requirements around strategic planning for state and territories seeking public health accreditation or reaccreditation through PHAB

- Discuss strategies around change management and overcoming change disrupters

This module has an estimated view time of: 2 hrs 30 mins

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Introduction to ASTHO’s Strategic Planning Learning Module
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Open to view video. View an introduction to ASTHO’s Strategic Planning Learning Module including an introduction to the topic, learning objectives, and orientation to the content available in this module. View Time: 8 mins
Strategic Planning Guide: Guidance and Resources to Assist State and Territorial Health Agencies in Developing a Strategic Plan
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This toolkit provides a detailed step by step process of a comprehensive strategic planning process for state and territorial public health agencies (S/THAs) interested in developing new, or refine existing strategic plans. It is informed by best practices and lessons learned by states, and includes specific documentation required for the Public Health Accreditation Board’s Standards and Measures 1.5. Read Time: 37 mins
Strategic Plan Map Template
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This resource provides a template for health agencies to develop a strategic plan map of their priorities and objectives. It serves as a visual management and communication tool for the health department and community.
Introductory Support Content
ASTHO Strategic Plan Implementation Worksheet
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This resource is designed to support health agencies in implementing the objectives they set out in their strategic plan by identifying milestones, measures, target dates, and accountability leads.
ASTHO Strategic Planning Implementation Virtual Workshop Facilitation Guide
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This facilitation guide developed by ASTHO in partnership with the USVI Dept. of Health’s Strategic Planning Committee to conduct an implementation workshop can be adapted by other health departments looking to facilitate a virtual implementation session for their health department. Read Time: 9 mins
ASTHO Strategic Planning Working Group Roles and Responsibilities
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Open to download resource. This strategic planning workgroup roles and responsibilities document from ASTHO outlines the roles and responsibilities for ASTHO’s strategic planning workgroup along with approximate estimate by project phase of the time commitment required by the workgroup members. This document serves as an example for health departments to adapt and implement for their own strategic planning workgroups. Read Time: 3 mins
Alaska 2020-2023 Strategic Plan Process Overview
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This resource from the Alaska Division of Public Health provide an overview of their strategic planning process for that follows a Plan, Do, Study, Act model and includes distinct roles for their strategic planning workgroup, implementation teams, and executive leadership team. Read Time: 2 mins
Alaska 2020-2023 Strategic Plan Partner Survey
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Open to download resource. This resource from the Alaska Division of Public Health provides an example survey requesting input from key partners in order to assess performance, identify priority areas, and inform decision making in their strategic planning process. Read Time: 5 mins
Alaska 2020-2023 Strategic Plan Staff Survey
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This resource from the Alaska Division of Public Health is an example survey sent out to staff to identify the Division’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Staff engagement across various levels is a requirement of PHAB’s Standards and Measures 1.5.
Connecticut Department of Public Health Strategic Planning Implementation Plan
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This resource from the Connecticut Department of Health includes an example implementation plan that shows their commitment and plan for ongoing monitoring of their department wide strategic plan. This includes a template with assigned agency leads on each strategy, performance measures, and status reports. The second resource in this document includes a measurement plan for how the department plans to continuously monitor and collect data on the measures identified for each strategic priority and objective. Lastly the document also includes a report on profess towards each of the identified priorities and explanation on how the plan was updated since the last reiteration. Read Time: 28 mins
Minnesota Department of Health Strategic Planning Resource
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Select the "View Webpage" button to begin. This webpage by the Minnesota Department of Health offers a step-by-step guide for their local health departments in developing strategic plans including example worksheets to identify stakeholders, develop communication plans, developing action plans, and facilitating a strategic planning process with staff. Read Time: 7 mins
USVI Strategic Plan
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Select the "View Webpage" button to begin. This is an example territorial strategic plan by the USVI Department of Health developed in partnership with ASTHO and follows ASTHO’s Strategic Planning Process.
Washington State Department of Health Strategic Plan
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Select the "View Webpage" button to begin. This is an example state strategic plan by the Washing Department of Health that provides a streamlined plan highlighting the department’s strategic priorities and goals for the upcoming years. Read Time: 14 mins
NACCHO Strategic Planning Guide
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Select the "View Webpage" button to begin. This resource by NACCHO includes a how-to guide for undertaking the strategic planning process. Similar to ASTHO’s strategic planning guide, this guide is aligned with PHAB’s strategic planning requirements and offers steps-by-step instructions, important considerations, and modifiable tools and templates. This resource is tailored for local health departments but can be useful and adapted for state and territorial health agency strategic planning processes. Read Time: 4 mins
NACCHO Strategic Planning Worksheets
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This resource by NACCHO includes worksheets related to the NACCHO Strategic Planning Guide on various steps of the strategic planning process including assessing readiness for strategic planning, identifying stakeholders and their needs, assessing data needs, developing a project plan, reviewing organization mandates, developing mission/vision/value statements and others. These worksheets are tailored for local health departments but can be useful and adapted for state and territorial health agency strategic planning processes. Read Time: 20 mins
Intermediate Support Content
Change Management - A Critical Strategic Planning Skill
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Strategic planning requires continually assessing and making internal and external changes in a health agency because of evolving community needs, health agency goals, and desire for continuous improvement. Change management is a critical skill for staff involved in this process. This ASTHO presentation breaks down the Lewin’s Change Management Model to understand and manage organizational change. It also introduces strategies for performance improvement staff or leaders to identify and work with various change resistors in an organization. Read Time: 6 mins
COVID Impact Template for Long-Term Strategic Planning
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the trajectory of long-term systems planning work like strategic planning. This may leave many health agencies wondering where to start. For much of the response, many of us have been in a short-term tactical planning mindset, while long-term planning efforts such as strategic planning require us to balance a systems level approach through a strategic and operational mindset. ASTHO partnered with the Wyoming Department of Health to develop this COVID Impact Template that serves as a series of prompts to guide discussions with staff of the impact of COVID-19 on existing agency-wide priorities and goals. Read Time: 8 mins
Knowledge Check
Advancing Public Health Systems and Infrastructure Knowledge Check
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/7 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/7 points to pass You’ve completed the Advancing Public Health Systems and Infrastructure Module! Before moving on let’s check what you’ve learned. You must score 100% on this short assessment to complete the module. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to revisit the lesson as many times as you need.
About ASTHO’s Strategic Planning Support for State and Territorial Health Agencies
Learn more about ASTHO's strategic planning support for state and territorial health agencies and how to get in contact with ASTHO.
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