Between 1996 and 1998, the New York Academy of Medicine, New York, oversaw the development of two books on the changing roles and responsibilities of public health and medicine in the 21st century.
The project involved a partnership between the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and promoted a dialogue between public health and medicine.
The firm Research/Strategy/Management, Lanham, Md., conducted 10 focus groups of health professionals and students as background for the research.
A monograph, Medicine and Public Health: The Power of Collaboration:
- Documented the emergence of collaborative relationships between medicine and public health professionals.
- Categorized those relationships into six generic "synergies" (ways in which medicine and public health professionals are combining their skills and resources).
- Offered strategies for success.
- Made recommendations for future action.
A Pocket Guide to Cases of Medicine and Public Health Collaboration listed 380 cases of collaboration in print and electronic formats.
Dissemination efforts, in addition to book distribution to more than 185,000 health professionals and students, included presentations, journal articles (including the Journal of the American Medical Association), press releases, and a symposium.