IOM Report: Integrating Primary Care and Public Health

Public health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions  in which people can be healthy. It takes a society to practice public health  Healthy People 2010, 2nd ed., With Understanding and Improving Health and Objectives for Improving Health. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2001.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently published a report that examines the integration of primary care and public health, Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health.

In the report, the IOM identifies a set of core principles derived from successful integration efforts that can be applied at the local level:

  1. having a common goal of improving population health
  2. involv­ing the community in defining and addressing its needs
  3. strong leadership that works to bridge disciplines, programs, and jurisdictions
  4. sustainability
  5. collaborative use of data and analysis.

Read the report

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