Government Health IT, April 3, 2012

The traditional separation between primary healthcare providers and public health professionals isn't helping to ensure population health, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Integration of these fields will require national leadership as well as substantial adaptation at the local level, said authors of the report. The report recommends ways that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) could foster integration between primary care and public health through funding, policy levers, and other means.

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