In late 2019 and 2020, additional key partners and community health leaders were engaged through meetings and conversations with the GHI team to learn about the initiative, goals, potential collaborative opportunities, and the anticipated timeline for awarding the first community.
Once a community is funded, the lead agency will form a community collaborative and identify primary strategic partners in the community whose role will help to highlight, assess and determine community needs and activate next steps.
Key collaborative partners may include representatives from diverse agencies, including community-based organizations, social service providers, health systems, non-profits, government agencies, business owners, school districts, churches, and community residents.
In 2019, thirty-one partners from across disciplines and geographies contributed to and participated in the division's statewide health assessment and strategic planning processes through a mixture of key informant interviews and an in-person meeting to discuss and set GHI priorities. These agencies included local public health departments, hospitals, universities, health clinics, medical associations, community-based organizations, associations, coalitions, representatives from the Division of Public Health, Behavioral Health and Medicaid, and other state agencies.