The Maine Nutrition Network (MNN) Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE)Plan FY 08 consists of multiple projects that impact three main goals. These goals include sustaining a collaborative of state and local partners to accomplish innovative nutrition education program; support environments in which Maine children choose active lifestyles and make informed food choices that support optimal health; and provide opportunities for Maine adults to make appropriate food choices and have increased accessibility to food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. The Office of Integrated Access and Support and the Maine DCD collaborate with Muskie to effectively reach these goals through training and technical assistance to schools and communities that reach Maine people who are eligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program.
Process Methods: Strategic Planning
<p>The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement's (NRCOI) mission is to support organizations committed to the welfare of children, youth and families and help them achieve better systemic outcomes.</p>
<p>We are funded by the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide free, on-site training and technical assistance (T/TA) to State and Tribal child welfare agencies.</p>
<p>Through training, technical assistance, research and evaluation we help agencies improve management and operations, expand organizational capacity and promote service integration. We focus T/TA in six primary areas, including: Strategic Planning, Quality Improvement, Collaboration, Workforce, Training Systems, and the federal Child and Family Services Review process.</p>
In 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS) and Muskie School jointly developed a proposal for the DHHS to enter into a five-year agreement wit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the grant is to develop a coordinated, strategic approach to reduce the incidence, and morbidity of injury through surveillance and prevention efforts. More specifically, this agreement will enable the Maine Injury Prevention Program (MIPP) to: Build a solid infrastructure for injury prevention; collect and analyze injury data; design, implement, and evaluate interventions through collaboration with partners; provide technical support and training; and reduce the burden of injury in Maine through public policy. The purpose of the one-year agreement is to fund program management to carry out the following activities: strategic, data-driven program planning and development, facilitated stakeholder involvement, technical report development using new surveillance data, grants management, technical assistance to organizations implementing injury prevention and control programs, stakeholders and staff on conducting evaluation; selecting best-practice interventions, program development (using logic models), using new injury surveillance data, reviewing progress towards project goals and objectives, and preparing and submitting reports to CDC.
Muskie School of Public Service and Common Good Ventures (CGV) propose to collaborate to build the capacit of faith-based and community organizations to meet the unmet needs of yourth at risk across Maine. Muskie, CGV will leverage their deep community connections and experience working together to provide 1) tailored technical assistance and sub-awards to 20 faith-based and community based organizations and 2)trainings that help at developing the know-how and resources to help Maine's at-risk youth become productive adults. As the intermediary organization Muskie/CGV will assist FBCBO's with capacity building in five critical areas: leadership development, orgainzational development, program development, revenue development strategies and community engagement
This project will consist of evaluation and data analysis activities to support the Maine Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (PANP) of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Serve as lead for design, planning, and evaluation of the program intervention to address obesity prevention, and provide technical assistance for and coordination of program evaluation activities with PANP staff, contractor for HMP evaluation, and key state partners.
The Maine Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (OPHEP) partners with the Muskie School to carry out several strategic initiatives: 1) provide organizational development to OPHEP and its administrative division, 2) perform program evaluation for OPHEP, 3) provide legal analysis and rulemaking for emergency preparedness, environmental health and other related legislation, 4) provide technical assistance and community mobilization to rural health system preparedness planning and exercises, and 5) provide technical assistance to information systems development. Results of the project are enhanced job performance by managers in OPHEP and its division; the next iteration of the PHEP evaluation plan is completed, as well as evaluation of at least one significant program component that was exercised, and/or response to an actual event was performed and a report submitted to the Maine CDC; legislative analysis and/or draft bills/rules developed for legislation related to any emergency preparedness issue; rural health system preparedness plans are exercised, replicated and integrated into overall regional all hazard preparedness plans; and selected segments of the public health workforce are trained in emergency preparedness topics.
There is currently no updated and consistent emergency response plan for Maine?s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCS). The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) has requested assistance from the Muskie School (IPSI) to work with MPCA staff and member FQHCs in the development of an emergency response plan that is both uniform in treating all areas and situations of concern and customized to the unique needs and environment of each health center. MPCA includes 18 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) throughout Maine in its membership. These primary care safety net providers support operations in 40 locations, all of them medically underserved areas. Project staff consolidate and analyze strategic plans, needs surveys and other data to develop a profile for each of the selected health centers . Project staff will begin with five health centers of focus and on the basis of these emergency response plans generate additional individual plans and a plan for replication at all other safety net sites in the state through all remaining funds. The initial centers of focus will be selected on the basis of their 1) willingness to participate; 2)geographic diversity; and 3) prior experience. If treatment of all health center sites is not accomplished within available project funds, the work plan directs development of a road map for replication beyond the cessation of this funded activity.
Licensing functions within the department have historically been administered in separate units focused on distinct programs or populations. Although some degree of separation is justified and in fact needed due to the specialized nature of the services and programs, there are also significant areas of commonality. The trend nationally, as supported by the National Association of Regulatory Administration (NARA), is to define the common function areas within regulatory administration and provide training that address these commonalities and crosses program boundaries. The Licensing Training Committee is a task force of professionals representing each area of human care licensing. This group collaboratively identifies training needs, then plans and coordinates training opportunities for all human care licensing staff. The objectives of these trainings are to improve skills and competencies in order to develop and maintain consistent interpretation and enforcement of licensing standards, and to promote career development and enhance job satisfaction.
Under the auspices of the Maine Nutrition Network (MNN), nutrition education projects are designed and implemented through collaborative partnerships with various community agencies, organizations and individuals. The goal of MNN projects is to create an environment where Maine adults and youth make informed food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. MNN projects, which are targeted to participants in the USDA Food Stamp Program, include nutrition training and support for teachers, a nutrition social marketing campaign and training and technical assistance for the Healthy Maine Partnerships as they create supportive environments in their communities. MNN also provides Network partners a forum for networking and opportunities to participate in professional development activities.
A collaboration with the Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance to build on planning done under the HRSA State Planning Grant Program. This grant will support planning for a pilot project to create employer incentives and modify design elements of the Dirigo Choice Plan to maximize the program's capacity to extend health coverage to low and moderate income uninsured Maine families.