Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks When Medicine and Public Health Collaborate

Cooperative Actions for Health Program

From 1997 to 2001, the American Public Health Association (APHA) worked with the American Medical Association (AMA) to establish the Cooperative Actions for Health Program as a way of supporting collaborative initiatives by state and local medical societies and public health associations.

In addition, the New York Academy of Medicine was retained under a subcontract to evaluate the 19 project sites.

Key Results/Findings

  • The Cooperative Actions for Health Program awarded 19 grants of up to $15,000 each to state and local collaborative projects.
  • The AMA and the APHA collaborated on a joint policy initiative to promote the use of tobacco settlement funds for tobacco control activities.
  • The Cooperative Actions for Health Program also promoted and assisted in the dissemination of a monograph on collaborations between medicine and public health and a pocket guide to collaborators produced under another set of RWJF grants. (See Program Results Report on ID#s 028618, 031988 and 034689.)
  • The evaluation found that medical societies and public health associations provided complementary support for state and local initiatives but that the Cooperative Actions for Health Program did not appear to have played an important role in initiating relationships between the organizations.