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Serving as a beta test, the state-wide pilot implementation focuses first on 4 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) identified by the HA2020 Advisory Team:
- Socioeconomic Status
- Tobacco Use, and
- Domestic Violence.
HA2020 implementation utilizes Coordinating Partners (CPs), key individuals selected to promote the HA2020 strategies and facilitate enhancement and expansion of alliances and networks of those working to improve common LHIs. The pilot LHI selection criteria included having a mix of LHIs that were established, well-funded, and gaining momentum; as well as some that are not making as much progress, but have potential good leadership.
Coordinating partners for each pilot LHI were solicited from existing Alaska organizations.
The 4 LHIs include:
- LHI 7: Suicide
- LHI 24, 25: Socioeconomic Status
- LHI 2, 3: Tobacco
- LHI 11, 12, 13: Domestic Violence
The beta test will identify implementation successes and challenges before we finalize and roll out the full plan including all 25 LHIs and additional Coordinating Partners.
The Coordinating Partners serve as champions for the 4 LHIs by providing linkages between Healthy Alaskans 2020 and the HA2020 Key Partners to achieve LHI objectives and assure continued momentum of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 effort. These champions promote implementation and assist in reporting on the status of the strategies and actions implemented related to specific HA 2020 LHIs. Coordinating Partners have reached out to the Key Partners in their LHI cohort and have agreed on 1 to 2 common measures to assess progress of the LHI Strategies and Actions implementation. The data for these measures will be obtained by the Coordinating Partner by reaching out to their cohort of key partners every 6 months. These data help track progress of activities leading to improvement in specific LHIs. This tracking is in addition to the HA2020 Scorecard that is updated yearly with LHI outcome data.
At a later point, in addition to the Key Partners, the implementation will utilize other existing community-level networks, such as community health improvement collaboratives, behavioral health planning groups, and other community and civic coalitions. Results from 100 survey respondents and an environmental scan in Spring 2016, over 1000 community entities were identified and categorized according to LHI their efforts focused on. Hence, there are 25 contact lists, one for each LHI. This database is shared with each contact in the spreadsheet so they know who is working on similar goals, and helps identify common priorities, complementary initiatives, potential alignments and likely partnerships to address Alaska’s health issues. As HA2020 implementation moves forward, success stories and lessons learned will be added to this database.
Healthy Alaskans 2020 implementation provides a template best practices from which Alaska communities can build effective health improvement initiatives and create health equity.
The HA2020 Implementation Framework is designed to:
- Support cross-sector collaboration and shared ownership of HA2020
- Create an effective and efficient mechanism to disseminate information, identify community activities and evaluate health improvement efforts
- Optimize efforts, align resources and create synergy to build equitable and sustainable communities
- Maximum transparency to improve community engagement and accountability
- Encourage use of high quality data pooled from, and shared among, diverse community sources and partners
- Move the public health system from an array of disconnected programs to becoming a coordinated system with greater capacity and relevance.