Despite their shared goal of promoting people’s health, primary care providers and public health professionals have largely worked separately, which can result in missed opportunities to take advantage of the strengths of both fields. Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, examines what it will take to catalyze greater coordination and collaboration between the fields and specific ways that two key federal agencies -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration -- can foster this integration.
The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing beginning at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 28, in the Murrow-White Rooms of the National Press Club, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may participate through a live webcast. The link to the webcast and registration information can be found at http://iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/PrimaryCarePublicHealth/2012-MAR-28.aspx. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, March 27. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EDT March 28. To obtain an embargoed copy or arrange an interview with a member of the authoring committee, contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.