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State of Delaware

Case Study

The Challenge

In response to growing concern over the health and wellness of Delawareans, Governor Jack A. Markell authorized the creation of the Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), charging the CHPDP to “solicit the input, advice, and recommendations of organizations in the State whose aim is to promote healthy lifestyles.” delaware-logo-2

The Council agreed that an integrated, multi-phase approach to engage stakeholders in identifying strategies to promote health and prevent chronic diseases statewide was needed.

The Solution

CSI worked closely with the Council and the Delaware Division of Public Health to engage many key informants and stakeholders with relevant and diverse knowledge to guide the Council in fulfilling its charge.

Over the course of a few months, CSI designed and conducted a comprehensive process to capture the input of over 650 identified stakeholders in a concept map. Contributors included medical and healthcare professionals, State employees, researchers and educators, community advocates, outreach coordinators, and professionals in relevant fields like public relations and food production.

The Results

The conceptual framework highlighted specific areas for policy development, strategic decisions, and organizational planning related to statewide health promotion and disease prevention.

Based on stakeholder input, the resulting concept map and reports depicted areas of concentration and priorities for action within each area.

The framework emphasized ten focal areas for the CHPDP to consider in its statewide strategic health promotion and disease prevention planning efforts:

  • Support Integrated Consistent Care
  • Increase Access to Coverage for Prevention and Care
  • Develop Policy and Funding
  • Evaluate Effective Outcomes
  • Create an Environment that Supports Healthy Choices
  • Make Healthy Food Available
  • Focus on Schools
  • Educate for Health
  • Take a Whole Person Health Approach
  • Build Individual Capacity to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle

Following the framework development, CHPDP members and other invited representatives from across the State activated four Work Groups to develop concrete objectives and supporting tactics and actions based on the focal areas identified by the concept map. The Work Groups also focused on determining key partners and agencies throughout Delaware to help implement the strategic plan.

A year-by-year timeline for executing the recommendations was developed to support timely action.

The value of parallel topic-centered Work Groups to the Council was evident in the thorough yet efficient ways that the Work Groups were able to complete their assignments, using the concept map framework as the unifying model.

The Council’s final recommendations will be presented to the Governor within the next two months.

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