Challenges and Opportunities for Population Health Partnerships

The Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) articles in this issue of Preventing Chronic Disease discuss ideas, policies, and practices that can be used to produce a healthier population in the United States and globally. The articles examine three question:

  1. How do we best measure long-term wellness at the population level?
  2. How do we provide incentives to organizations to accomplish better population health?
  3. How can effective cross-sector partnerships be formed and implemented to help accomplish the task?

In this essay, the author concludes that the issue’s articles summarize successful partnerships well. Additionally, the articles address potential challenges in creating cross-sector partnerships. The author, however, argues that the articles lack a consideration of the interrelated practices and behaviors that may prove useful across broad, diverse contexts. The essay suggests areas of further discussion and exploration.

This article is part of a special supplement of Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy.