Lessons Learned

  • For collaboration to be successful, it is important for primary care and public health to have clearly articulated, separate and shared mandates within the health care system;
  • The shared mandates need to be understood by all participants;
  • Collaboration between primary care and public health is facilitated when the vision and goals are jointly determined and systematically communicated across all levels from executive directors to senior manages to front line practitioners;
  • More formalized approaches, including policies are needed to support and endorse collaboration between primary care and public health so that collaboration is a deliberate and purposeful action rather than one that occurs reactively. These approaches need to continually support the vision and goals of the collaboration.