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Evaluation Helps Guide the Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance

At the request of the Washington State Department of Health, NWCPHP evaluated options for sustainability and long-term planning for the Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance.
Evaluation Helps Guide the Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance

The 2013 Cross Border Workshop took place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

At the request of the Washington State Department of Health, NWCPHP evaluated options for sustainability and long-term planning for the Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance.

May 2, 2013

The Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance (PNWBHA) had been facilitating partnerships across all levels of government in the Pacific Northwest and western Canadian Provinces formally and informally for more than 10 years. Upon learning that funding from the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance Program would be ending, the Washington State Department of Health hired NWCPHP's evaluation team to assess options for sustainability and long-term planning for PNWBHA.

"It was about a year-long process with three project deliverables," says Dacey Storzbach, the Project Manager. "We analyzed the Alliance’s activities to look for other sources of funding and to identify efficiencies where possible."

Quantitative and qualitative data analysis was synthesized into several documents including a sustainability report. The evaluation team also completed a workshop guide and toolkit to document and assist with PNWBHA's primary activity, the Cross Border Workshop, which brings together public health preparedness professionals.

"I synthesized all of the various documents and steps into a readable document that is organized and annotated," explains Storzbach. "Now if leadership or funding changes, they are prepared to quickly assess the work that needs to be done, the timeline, and the resources required to do it."

The NWCPHP evaluation team is available to work on your program, project, or activity. Contact Luann D’Ambrosio for more information.

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