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:
- having a common goal of improving population health
- involving the community in defining and addressing its needs
- strong leadership that works to bridge disciplines, programs, and jurisdictions
- collaborative use of data and analysis.
Read the report