As state and local budgets shrink, many public health agencies are feeling the financial squeeze. They also face greater competition from hospitals that are expanding into the community health arena. To survive and thrive, public health organizations must engage in more formalized and strategic planning initiatives to establish and capitalize on their unique value propositions.
Ascendient works with public health departments to help them strategize and plan for the future. We have extensive experience helping public health agencies collaborate with other entities as part of that planning, including hospitals, health departments, mental health and social service providers, health clinics, Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other government entities.
Such collaboration is especially important as we move toward a transformed delivery system that seeks to provide vulnerable populations with early access to care. Ascendient’s public health consultants can help agencies partner with the right private- or non-profit healthcare systems and institutions to develop mutually beneficial, cost-efficient collaborations to better serve community population health needs.
In addition to strategic planning, Ascendient also provides the following traditional support services for the public health sector:
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