Toolkit Description:
Public health finance is a complex system involving funding streams, economic factors, and policy and political changes. This complexity along with the lack of transparency and the wide variation in local public health discretionary spending make it difficult to develop a “blueprint” for all public health agencies to embrace.  Use of this toolkit can help students and PHN staff to better understand and employ principles which not only help make public health funding more transparent and appropriately focused, but also establish its relevancy to the overall health of the population.

The toolkit contains an overview of public health funding, grants as a source of revenue, sample public health department budgets, information about evaluating effectiveness, activities to illustrate funding allocation decisions, financial definitions, an annotated bibliography, and critical thinking questions.

The following link takes you to the toolkit: https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/groups/leap/LEAP-Resources.xapp/Public%20Health%20Finance%20Toolkit.xapp/panel_filesfolder_0/Making%20Sense%20of%20LHD%20Funding_PH%20Finance%20Toolkit.pdf

Authors of the toolkit are:

Christine Vandenhouten, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing
Tracy Mrochek, MPA, BSN, RN, The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Jean M. Beinemann, BSN, RN, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health
Sandy Fryda, BSN, RN, Fond du Lac County Health Department
Linda Behm, MSN, RN, Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services, Health Services Division
Judith M. Hansen, MS, BSN, RN, (Formerly, The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing)