WPHRN has been working to bring Wisconsin health departments and public health researchers together to support the Uniform Chart of Accounts (UCOA) project. Recently, WPHRN co-director, Dr. Susan Zahner, co-hosted a webinar with the University of Washington Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST) team to provide updates on how agencies participating in the UCOA project have benefited from using the UCOA. The UCOA project aims to improve the operating efficiencies of public health agencies by organizing the total costs of their programs and services into categories based on the Foundational Public Health Services Model.
Wisconsin currently has five local health departments participating in the UCOA project. Wauwatosa Health Department is one of the five. Its health officer, Laura Conklin, participated in the webinar to share the health department’s experience. She discussed the level of effort required to participate in the project, and how Wauwatosa’s participation has allowed them a new way to look at their revenues and expenditures as they move toward a Public Health 3.0 structure. Additionally, the UCOA has been a useful tool to support discussions between the health department and city government about better integrating foundational capabilities into the city’s financial system.
The UCOA project still has plenty of capacity to grow in Wisconsin, and the PHAST team is ready to support health departments interested in participating. If you would like to learn more about the project, you can view the February 6th webinar here or contact WPHRN research project manager, Paula Bizot, at firstname.lastname@example.org.