Like health districts throughout Washington State and the nation, the Snohomish Health District has been subject to extensive budget reductions over the past several years. The District needed a new strategic plan to proactively guide it in anticipating continued budget reductions and positioning the District to more effectively carry out new public health mandates in light of the Affordable Care Act.
Working as a team with co-consultant Heidi Keller, Margaret facilitated a strategic planning process between February-June 2014. The work included the development of eight strategic initiatives, involvement and feedback from District staff and stakeholders, and ongoing work with the District’s Board of Health. The Board unanimously adopted the new plan in July 2014. Margaret then continued to work with the District to facilitate the creation of a “Sustainable Health Futures” program of essentially transforming the District into a new model of public health delivery.