Report looks at successful health partnerships

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A new report examines the lessons learned from 12 successful partnerships between health care entities focused on assessing and improving the health of their communities. Led by Lawrence Prybil, Norton Professor in Health Leadership at the University of Kentucky, the researchers make 11 recommendations intended to assist hospital, public health and other community leaders, as well as policymakers, in developing strong, multi-sector partnerships devoted to improving community health. “We are excited that…the team found that collaborations between the hospital and public health sector not only exist but are effective in improving the overall health of communities,” AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock and the executive directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials write in the foreword to the report. “This report, including its conclusions and recommendations, is worthy of the attention of every public health, hospital and community leader with a desire to improve the health of America’s communities – and what this means for all of us.” The study was funded by a coalition including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grant Thornton LLP, and Hospira Inc.

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