Phase 2: Chicago, IL Vignette
The Chicago Partnership began to develop its vision of a strengthened local public health system by asking members to articulate how Chicago's public health system would look at its best. Members were asked to consider several factors, including the following:
Members subsequently provided their responses to project staff who, working with the advisory committee, categorized the input into three logical areas:
The input was presented for discussion at the partnership's next meeting. Based on that dialogue, the partnership adopted the vision statement and elected to support it with a two-page narrative that described its key elements. It was agreed that the vision would be revisited periodically and revised as the planning process evolved.
The Chicago Partnership's vision for local public health is: "A responsive, sustainable public health system that, through cooperative efforts, planning and policy development, a broad focus on health promotion and disease prevention, and shared leadership and accountability, is positioned to respond to current and future public health challenges, and protects and promotes the health and well-being of all Chicago communities, residents, and visitors, particularly the most disadvantaged."
The visioning process was facilitated by the deputy commissioner for planning and policy, who had extensive experience in managing group processes, particularly those around issues where consensus is not easily achieved. Input by the department of public health during the discussion of the vision was limited, which helped expand the role of nongovernmental partners in public health. In the end, the process resulted in a vision that could be embraced by all partners, including the public health department.