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CDC Journal Features Articles on Partnerships to Improve Population Health

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Experts Share Promising Best Practices for Collaboration
The November 2010 edition of Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, features a set of 11 essays and articles that examine the role that partnerships play in influencing the health of a community. In this issue, population health experts, business leaders and others explore promising model public-private partnerships and highlight key features that make such collaborations effective.

The special issue is the third of three sets of articles commissioned by the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) initiative, a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The MATCH initiative’s County Health Rankings, released in early 2010, help public health practitioners, community leaders, policy-makers and others identify factors that influence the health of a community and encourage cross-sector partnerships like the ones highlighted in these essays.

The first set of essays, published in July, detailed how communities could use metrics or the right tools to build policies that set the standard for health. The second set, published in September, described various incentive models that encourage people and institutions to adopt changes that can lead to better health.