Challenges

There are several challenges related to building and sustaining successful collaborations at the systemic level.

  • Inconsistent standards around collaboration,
  • Lack of system’s level financial support for collaboration,
  • Lack of system’s level buy-in.

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Inconsistent Standards around Collaboration
Group meetingInconsistent standards related to collaborations between public health and primary care present challenges to develop and sustain successful collaborations. Developing clearly articulated policies and mandates at the systemic level will support a successful approach.

Lack of Systems Level Financial Support for Collaboration
Lack of financial support at the systemic level can present a significant barrier to promoting and supporting public health and primary care collaborations. Revenue that is approved to support a specific collaboration can provide a significant advantage to any collaboration.

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Lack of Systemic Level Buy-in
Lack of support and buy-in at the systemic level can present significant barriers in the development of public health and primary care collaborations.

However, there has been an encouraging development in British Columbia with the Ministry of Health’s guiding document for the public health system which was introduced in March 2013.

One of the aims of British Columbia’s Guiding Framework for Public Health “PROMOTE, PROTECT, PREVENT: Our Health Begins Here” (2013) is to“[formalize] a collaborative process to identify future public health priorities.” (p.4)  See the full report at: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2013/BC-guiding-framework-for-public-health.pdf.