CHRT staff in Health Affairs on strengthening public health through collaboration with primary care

August 17, 2023

A doctor stands behind several white icons of integrated health care systems.In a recent Health Affairs Forefront piece, Strengthening public health through collaboration with primary care: lessons from the states, CHRT’s Nancy Baum and Samantha Iovan share key findings from research across four states: North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. These four states were selected based on the authors’ previous research, which identified these states as innovators in their work to connect public health and primary care.

Together with coauthor Marianne Udow-Phillips, Baum and Iovan interviewed 17 primary care, public health, and community leaders in these four states to learn about the innovative ways they have fostered collaboration between public health and primary care and to highlight resources available to support integration.

The authors have distilled these findings into eight key lessons. The Health Affairs Forefront piece, published as part of the meeting America’s public health challenge series, details each of these lessons and the authors’ conclusions.