The Center for Sharing Public Health Services (CSPHS) and Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI), with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are co-leading the Cross-sector Innovation Initiative (CSII). The CSII is a three-year endeavor to identify and support public health, healthcare and social services organizations striving to build stronger, sustainable connections to better meet the goals and needs of the people they serve and ultimately improve health equity.

The goal of the CSII is to support, promote, and disseminate learning about the role of governmental public health departments in aligning efforts across the healthcare, public health, and social services sectors to improve population health. This project will emphasize the role and value of health departments in cross-sector collaborations and understanding the unique challenges and opportunities that these collaborations represent for health departments.

CSII grantee projects launched in January 2020, and pivoted to meet the needs of their communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an increasing response to racial inequities. Read a brief summary of grantees first six months of the Cross-sector Innovation Initiative.

Read the press release announcing the 10 grantees awarded CSII funding and read more about their projects below:

From July through December 2020, CSII grantees, along with the engagement of their communities and partners, have continued working to align sectors and work toward improved population health, well-being, and equity for all. Progress reported from all grantees highlighted the continued effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased focus on racial equity and justice has had on their initiatives. While some work has been delayed and many activities have been shifted, bright spots have emerged as partners continue effective collaboration to improve the health of communities. Read an executive summary of the latest progress reports and read four topical briefs that dive deeper into:

Advancing health equity is at the heart of CSII, and grantees are undertaking various initiatives to align public health, healthcare, social services, and community organization efforts to improve population health outcomes by advancing health equity.

  • Four grantees share experiences with conducting equity assessments and/or how they used tools to assess how their collaborative is functioning: Conducting Equity Assessments

CSII grantees share more about their projects in the following blogs:

The CSII conducted an environmental scan to inform the development and implementation of the program. The scan was comprised of a literature review, key informant interviews, and secondary data analysis, and provides information on facilitators and barriers impacting collaboration between public health, healthcare, and social services; continuums of collaboration; roles within collaborations; outcomes associated with cross-sector collaboration; and areas for future research. Information on the impacts associated with cross-sector collaboration and future areas of research also are presented.