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May 2007

Public Health CyberSeminar: Regionalizing Public Health Systems

On May 23, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT, AcademyHealth's Public Health Systems Research Interest Group is hosting a web-based seminar that will provide an overview of regionalization in public health systems, give examples of implementation, highlight new research findings, and address challenges associated with institutionalizing this approach.


In the post- 9/11 era, health departments recognize the need for inter- and intra- agency collaboration in preparation for public health responses to terrorism. And in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ‘regionalized’ public health systems are being developed to strengthen the response to natural disasters as well. While the forging of relationships and coordination across jurisdictions is now an essential component of public health system readiness, this strategy may prove useful outside of the preparedness framework. Like many lessons learned from preparedness approaches, regionalization may be a valuable methodology for strengthening the public health infrastructure overall. In some areas, sharing resources across city/county/state lines is not new. In others, governance structures hinder cross-jurisdictional approaches.




    Harold Cox, M.S.S.W., Boston University

    Overview of the Origin of and Rationale for Regionalization




    Patrick Lenihan, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

    Regional Approaches to Preparedness


    David Palm, Ph.D., Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services 
    Restructuring Rural Health Areas


    Michael Stoto, Ph.D., Georgetown University 
    The Evidence-Base for Regionalization


To cover the cost of the technology required for this event, there is a small registration fee of $40 for members and $55 for non-members. Gather a group and pay just one registration fee!


Go to the following link to download the registration form: