On February 5, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement hosted a workshop to explore the relationship between public health and health care, including opportunities, challenges, and practical lessons. The workshop was convened in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)-Supported Primary Care and Public Health Collaborative.
Paul Jarris, executive director of ASTHO, welcomed participants and explained that the ASTHO-Supported Primary Care and Public Health Collaborative was organized in response to the IOM report Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health (IOM, 2012). In 2012, the IOM, ASTHO, and the United Health Foundation convened a meeting of leaders in public health and primary care to develop a strategic map for the collaborative to move forward on the issue of integration of primary care and public health toward the goal of improving population health and lowering costs. Areas of focus, as described by Jarris, included collecting success stories; considering the value proposition; measuring the impact of collaboration on population health; investigating resources to support the infrastructure for collaboration; and discussing workforce integration. The group reconvened in 2014 to revisit the strategic map, review accomplishments, refine the focus, and set new directions.
As background for the discussion, Jarris listed four ideal outcomes of a collaborative: participating organizations make connections and become more informed by other sectors; organizations can work more effectively by aligning with others that are doing related work; some organizations in the collaborative may partner on projects; and the collaborative as a whole takes on initiatives that all the organizations work on jointly.
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