Priority Issues from a Health Implementation Plan: A Qualitative Study of Local Foundation and Nonprofit Leaders’ Perceptions


  • Daniel John Schober DePaul University
  • Shannon M. E. Bowers University of Chicago
  • Anne Posner Chicago Department of Public Health



Community Health Assessment, Implementation Plan, Health Equity


The purpose of this article is to examine how local leaders of health foundations and nonprofit organizations perceive key health issues (such as violence, housing, and chronic disease) included in a municipal health department’s implementation plan. Specifically, we examine how these leaders prioritize health issues and what their ideas are regarding how to address them. To do this, we used a semistructured interviewing strategy to gather feedback from 10 senior leaders of health foundations and 13 senior leaders of nonprofit agencies in the City of Chicago. We conducted a content analysis of these interviews and found that participants emphasized the importance of addressing broad conditions related to violence, economic development, and education across the lifespan using multisector collaboration strategies. These findings suggest that these foundation and nonprofit representatives consider social determinants of health to be key in promoting population health.

Author Biographies

  • Daniel John Schober, DePaul University
    Daniel J. Schober is a Clinical Assistant Professor at DePaul University where he teaches in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. He holds a Doctorate in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas and an MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Schober conducts qualitative research across a variety of public health topics including healthy eating, physical activity, and the prevention of child maltreatment.
  • Shannon M. E. Bowers, University of Chicago

    Shannon Bowers holds a Master of Science degree in International Public Service and an MPH. Shannon has worked on health projects contributing to the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Health and Biodefense as well as Chicago Department of Public Health’s local National HIV Behavioral Surveillance. Shannon has assisted in community, sexual, and behavioral health research. She is currently conducting qualitative research on LGBTQ health at University of Chicago.

  • Anne Posner, Chicago Department of Public Health

    Anne Posner is the Director of Health Equity and Strategic Partnerships for the Chicago Department of Public Health. She oversees the implementation of Healthy Chicago 2.0, the plan to reduce health inequities throughout Chicago. She focuses on developing cross- sector partnerships that impact social determinants of health. Anne has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College.






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