Collaborations of Medical and Public Health Groups Inspire Calls for More

Local Partnerships: The Medicine/Public Health Initiative

From 1996 to 1999, the Medicine/Public Health Initiative (M/PHI) developed partnerships between the public health and medical communities at the state and local levels.

M/PHI was established in March 1994 when a small group of leaders of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association met at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to discuss long-standing barriers to collaboration between public health and medicine.

This project supported the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in its efforts to develop partnerships between the public health and medical communities at the regional and state levels.

Key Results

  • The Medicine/Public Health Initiative grew to 55 members, representing national public health and medical associations, as well as other public and private sector health care leaders.
  • Coalitions of professional and community organizations in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, and the North/South Carolina region received grants of $20,000 to develop small projects designed to create future collaborative activities.
    • Each of the coalitions planned and conducted a conference or series of meetings to address ways to promote collaboration between the public health and medical communities in their state or region.
    • At the end of their grant periods, representatives of all of the coalitions convened with project staff to assess outcomes and to explore ideas for future collaboration.
    • The local project directors reported that their conferences succeeded in identifying areas in which medicine and public health might collaborate further.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $141,598 between March 1996 and December 1999.

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