Lessons Learned

  • For collaborations to be successful, it is important for public health and primary care to have clearly articulated and well understood separate and shared mandates within the health care system;
  • Collaboration between public health and primary care is facilitated when the vision and goals are jointly determined and systematically communicated across all levels from executive directors to senior managers to front line practitioners;
  • More formalized approaches, including clear policies and mandates, are needed to support and endorse collaboration between public health and primary care so that a collaborations is a deliberate action rather than one that occurs on an ad hoc basis;
  • The development of partnerships are advantageous in a collaboration between public health and primary care;
  • There should be clear government policies and mandates for collaboration between public health and primary care;
  • There should be consistency in standards around collaboration for public health and primary care;
  • There should be accountabilities and common quality indicators for reporting on collaborations.