Work conducted in a recent study identified insights and lessons from successful partnerships between hospitals and public health agencies.
It is vitally important that the various efforts going into improving population health and the resulting partnerships that are needed to make it successful be studied so as to learn from best practices.
This allows for data and evidence-based management to set the course, and thus more reproducible at scale.
Work conducted by Prybil et al, on a study with support from the Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies highlights the insights and lessons learned from successful hospital and public health partnerships.
The purpose of the study was to identify and examine successful partnerships involving hospitals and public health agencies committed to improving the health of the populations they serve.
1. Identifying core characteristics of successful partnership
2. Identifying partnerships and inviting them to participate in the study (157 partnerships)
3. Identifying highly successful partnerships (17 partnerships with evidence of success)
4. Planning and conducting site visits to a selected set of highly successful partnerships focused on improving population health
5. Processing, tabulating, and analyzing data
When multiple stakeholders are involved, we will also observe an increasing difficulty as to how the complexities will be addressed.
The study identifies the six challenges that are observed in collaborative partnerships of broad magnitude:
These are the challenges that will be faced by all agencies and collaborative leadership will be a necessary component to achieving success.
Sources:Prybil, L. and Scutchfield et al. Improving community health through Hospital - Public Health Collaboration. Nov. 2014American Hospital AssociationCenter for Governance StudiesRobert Wood Johnson Foundation