There is mounting recognition among health professionals that truly improving health outcomes in the U.S.—addressing acute conditions and the upstream social determinants that contribute to poor health—must be an interdisciplinary, cross-sector, and collaborative endeavor.
To this end, the Public Health Leadership Forum (PHLF) at RESOLVE teamed with the Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) to develop a framework that supports enhanced collaboration between health care and public health entities. This framework, Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness: An Actionable Framework for Health Care and Public Health Collaboration, outlines essential elements and key strategies for shaping effective, health-based collaboratives among public health, health care, and community-based organizations. This framework is designed to be one of many tools contributing to “comprehensive community wellness,” articulated by the PHLF and HCTTF as an approach that:
“Values and supports all people achieving their highest possible levels of health by simultaneously addressing all determinants of health. When assuming such an approach, the health department, hospital, and housing authority share at least one common goal: to improve the health and well-being of the people they serve. They work in concert, each leveraging their own skillsets and that of their partners, to accelerate and achieve the shared goal.”
In this web forum, members of the PHLF and HCTTF will describe the essential elements of collaboration outlined in the framework, and speak to their experiences working to develop and sustain cross-sector collaborations in their organizations and communities.
Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees. This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, health care practitioners and leaders, as well as professionals working in social service or community-based organizations that address social determinants of health (e.g. transportation, education, housing, city planning, food systems, etc.).
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health
Georgia Heise, BS, MS, DrPH, District Director, Three-Rivers Health Department
Bellinda K. Schoof, MHA, CPHQ, Director, Health of the Public and Science Division, American Academy of Family Physicians
Abby Dilley, MS, Vice President and Senior Mediator, RESOLVE