Public health departments and primary care clinics and systems face growing pressure to collaborate, in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness of delivering care and promoting population health. Even with the best intentions, both partners face serious barriers to working together. Although current reimbursement models have not shifted to support such collaboration, some local jurisdictions have identified ways in which to further these cross-sector relationships.

This course allows learners to recognize results - based on practiced based research to gather data on the challenges mentioned above. It challenges learners to discuss similarities and differences between public health departments and primary care clinics, identify problems as well as solutions, and design action steps to promote collaboration using a process-based perspective.

“This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative (total award amount $855,000.00). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”


1) Assess the current status of working relationships with public health or primary care;

2) Evaluate the organizational position within the multi-dimensional Collaborative Framework and;

3) Consider strategies to enhance working relationships and build sustainable collaborations.

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The Midwest Center for Lifelong Learning in Public Health (MCLPH), within the School of Public Health, is a member of the Association for Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and an approved Continuing Education partner with the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). CPH recertification credits or continuing education credits can be earned by completing this course. Upon completion of all course requirements, your certificate will be available for you to save, email and print. Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions receiving credits.

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