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de Beaumont Foundation Partners with Duke University and CDC to Create Public Health and Primary Care Together: A Practical Playbook

Interactive, web-based resource will help integrate and transform public health and primary care sectors to improve population health

Bethesda, MD (February 20, 2013) – The de Beaumont Foundation announced a $1 million grant to the
Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University. The grant will aid in the
development of Public Health and Primary Care Together: A Practical Playbook, an interactive
web-based resource for the integration of primary care and public health.

“While there has been conceptual support for and discussion of the integration of primary care and
public health, a practical translation with tools and strategies to support efforts to integrate has not
been available,” said James Sprague, M.D., Chairman and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “The
Practical Playbook for Integrating Primary Care and Public Health addresses this need.”

In recent years, American health has suffered increasingly from chronic diseases. That shift, coupled
with health care cost increases, indicates a need for a new model for health beyond healthcare delivery
in the United States. In 2012, the Institute of Medicine published Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring
Integration to Improve Population Health. According to this report, the traditional division between
public health and primary care has hindered efforts to improve population health. By increasing
collaboration between the public health and primary care sectors, individuals can receive the resources
and services they need through effective and engaged community-based systems. Public Health and Primary Care Together: A Practical Playbook will offer a comprehensive and practical
approach to that goal and promises improvement in population health by transforming the relationship
between the public health and primary care sectors.

The concept of the Playbook was developed with Duke University, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and the de Beaumont Foundation. This is the first grant the Foundation has made to the
University.

“This project has the potential to improve the health of diverse populations by improving the ability of
primary care and public health to partner in improving the health of the communities they both serve”
said J. Lloyd Michener, M.D., Chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke
University & Director of the Duke Center for Community Research. Dr. Michener will serve as the
project’s Principal Investigator. Denise Koo, MD, MPH, Director of Scientific Education and Professional
Development at the CDC, commented, “Our public health and our health care partners are equally eager
to get hold of this playbook so they can synergize their efforts caring for communities.”

Public Health and Primary Care Together: A Practical Playbook will be developed over two years,
with the second year devoted to broad implementation.

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About the de Beaumont Foundation: Since 1998, the de Beaumont Foundation has worked to
transform the practice of public health in the United States. Founded by Pierre S. de Beaumont, the
Foundation primarily supports projects that encourage collaboration between public health
departments; provide training and education to the public health workforce; and improve
communication with the public to promote health to different and diverse communities.

To learn about this and other de Beaumont Foundation programs, click here.

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