Public Health and Primary Care Collaboration: A Practice-Based Approach

Public health departments and primary care clinics and systems face growing pressure to collaborate, in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness of delivering care and promoting population health. Even with the best intentions, both partners face serious barriers to working together. Although current reimbursement models have not shifted to support such collaboration, some local jurisdictions have identified ways in which to further these cross-sector relationships.

This course allows learners to recognize results - based on practiced based research to gather data on the challenges mentioned above. It challenges learners to discuss similarities and differences between public health departments and primary care clinics, identify problems as well as solutions, and design action steps to promote collaboration using a process-based perspective.