Action Collaborative on Bridging Public Health, Health Care, and Community
What is the Collaborative?
The Collaborative is an ad hoc convening mechanism associated with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. The Collaborative is a flexible and action-oriented group that welcomes all interested organizations and individuals. Any products and activities associated with this collaborative do not necessarily represent the views of any one organization, the Collaborative, the Roundtable, or the National Academies and has not been subjected to the review procedures of, nor are they a reports or products of, the National Academies.
The Collaborative is built on the recognition that the relationship between public health agencies and health care organizations (systems, hospitals, others) is central to community health improvement efforts. The Collaborative also acknowledges the opportunity posed by the changing dynamics in the delivery of and reimbursement for health care services at the community level in the context of health care reform.
The collaborative has a dual purpose:
- To help strengthen the relationship between public health and health care
- To strengthen governmental public health, supporting public health practitioners in the emerging and evolving “population health” landscape
The Collaborative is co-chaired by Terry Allan, Health Commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (Ohio), and David Lakey, Chief Medical Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Texas System.
Terry Allan David Lakey
The Collaborative is a group of participants that is inclusive and open to all individuals and organizations with relevant interests. Participation in individual projects and events is structured according to interest, need, and practicality.
Exemplars of Community Health Needs Assessment Collaboration
- Several members of the collaborative participated in a Call for Population Health Case Reports that yielded 25 submissions. Eight were selected after a process of review, and they have been published as perspectives here.
Webinars on topics at the interface of health care and public health practice.
 e.g., where cross-sector action and the ability to collaborate are necessities