Whether you are running a project on a reservation in Washington state or Florida, a village in Alaska or a rancheria in California – whether the project is on methamphetamine, suicide, HIV, or diabetes, there are certain realities that all public health projects must face.
- Staff turnover may be high
- You have to submit periodic progress reports
- Project meetings are regularly held
- Staff development opportunities are few and far between
- Grant funds are limited
- Leadership buy-in and support ebbs and flows
- Community support shifts
Even the best-run projects with a finely-tuned and culturally aligned curriculum will face such challenges. This is not a cause for alarm, nor is it meant as a judgment for any projects that encounter such barriers – being armed with this knowledge is a cause for advance planning and preparation. Project management refers to the set of skills and resources that allow project team members to conduct their collective work on a single project effectively. Being prepared for these inevitabilities can minimize their impact, and maximize efficiency. These are the basic tenets of risk management. Risk management refers to the forecasting and evaluation of potential risks together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact. Project management and risk management are opposite sides of the same coin, and should not be separated out. If you are doing risk management, then you are doing project management and vice versa.
This toolkit will provide you, your team, and your program some insights, tools, and resources to help ensure that your project run smoothly, team members feel valued, participants feel engaged, and the community is knowledgeable of your activities.
This toolkit contains:
- Articles – NIHB compiled a series of ‘frequently asked questions’-based articles that present some practical solutions to barriers encountered by Tribal programs seeking to manage various projects.
- Project Management Training Modules – a series of four training modules produced by NIHB on project management
- Additional Resources – a variety of resources that providers and administrators may use to strengthen their project management skills
Articles and Resources
These question and answer columns were a series that NIHB compiled during 2014 that responds to specific questions and barriers encountered by programs.
Webinars and Presentations
- OJJDP Tribal Youth Grant Writing Toolkit (http://www.tribalyouthprogram.org/tools/online-guide-preparing-coordinated-tribal-assistance-solicitation) has several short tips, guides ,and best practices for writing federal grants – especially those focused on Native youth and justice programming.
- The Community Tool Box (http://ctb.ku.edu/en) hosting by the University of Kansas hosts a wide array of project management tools
- MindTools.com is an online resource for project planners and managers, http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_PPM.htm. And for additional tips on filing and documentation, they have posted a good article online: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_85.htm
- BusinessBalls.com has a wide mixture of tools, tips, and insights on leadership, management and planning, http://www.businessballs.com/project.htm
- Project Insight has some online resources and a free project management online training, http://www.projectinsight.net/project-management-basics/
- Jerry Helms has shared his presentation on project management best practices, http://www.slideshare.net/jerryh_nc/PM-Best-Practices-cin
Behavioral Health Inquiries:
Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, JD
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs
National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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