Lessons Learned

  • Research supports that there are three commonly held viewpoints relating to collaborations between primary care and public health – system driven collaborators, cautious collaborators, and competent isolationists;
  • It is important to understand these varying viewpoints and address them accordingly in an effort to support collaboration;
  • Personal values, beliefs, and attitudes can make a positive difference in collaboration. These can include:
    • An attitude that embraces both public health and primary care philosophies,
    • Responsiveness to individual and community needs,
    • A willingness to collaborate.