The Georgia Health Policy Center, along with the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, developed an online planning tool to assist public health practitioners in dealing with a rapidly transforming health system. The Leading Through Health Systems Change Planning Tool aids public health leaders in thinking adaptively about the challenges inherent in rapid health system transformation and helps them to begin to lay the groundwork for strategic action and innovation.
Since its initial launch in 2013, this free resource has been used by more than 1,500 professionals in all 50 states. The planning tool uses a guided practice approach and a five-step process to keep users in action, resulting in a concrete plan for implementation. The planning tool offers information on health care reform, technical and adaptive challenges, and guides users through four frequently asked questions raised by public health. Partnering with the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center, the fourth guided practice focuses on maternal and child health and the challenges and opportunities specific to Title V practitioners. A new and improved version of the planning tool relaunched in fall 2016 with fresh content, videos, resources, and examples of progress across the country.