One important characteristic of public health innovation is that a developed process, policy, product, or program lends itself to adaptation/adoption, replication, and diffusion. As the public health landscape shifts around us, health departments are implementing innovative practices to help meet the needs of their communities, address the social determinants of health, and achieve a culture of health.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in collaboration with the Garrett County Health Department (GCHD), PHNCI has awarded innovation replication grants to five health departments to develop and implement the Universal Community Planning Tool (UCPT) in their own communities. The UCPT is an innovative digital collaboration platform that is revolutionizing the way communities develop their comprehensive health improvement plans. GCHD is helping guide awardees through the installation and implementation of the tool to test the utility of the UCPT in various settings, and to inform potential widespread use by the public health community. The five, accredited health department awardees are:
In this blog, we hear from each pilot site as they installed, built, launched, and oriented stakeholders to their unique UCPT.