From Common Ground to Shared Action : Lessons from Health Care Systems and Local Public Health Departments Working Together to Advance Community Health
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From Common Ground to Shared Action : Lessons from Health Care Systems and Local Public Health Departments Working Together to Advance Community Health

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      Recognizing that the scope and complexity of advancing health at a population level is beyond what any one sector can achieve alone, the health care field has focused increased attention in recent years toward understanding what facilitates meaningful partnerships between public health, health care delivery organizations, community based organizations and communities. The National Association of County & City Health Officials’ (NACCHO’s) 2016 National Profile survey documented that 64% of local public health department respondents collaborated with nonprofit hospitals on their most recent community health assessment, with an additional 6% in discussion to do so in the future. Similarly, the 2017 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey found that more than 80% of hospitals and health care system respondents reported working with their state or local public health department, either in collaborative action or through a formal alliance.

      While such collaboration between sectors is not new, there is increased focus in the field on how these partnerships can more effectively move beyond shared assessment to implement shared strategies to improve health and achieve equity in communities. As the membership associations for hospitals/health care systems and local public health departments, the AHA and NACCHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), came together as the Partnership for Public Health (PPH) to collect information on this topic from members and thus inform what resources should be created to guide these efforts. This report details key learnings, insights and ingredients for what makes a successful cross-sector collaboration, with examples included from leading partnerships between hospitals, local public health departments and community organizations across the country.

      This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement number CDC-OT18-1802, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.


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