Almost a decade has passed since the release of recommendations of the Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum, a national effort designed to expand academic/practice linkages. Has anyone really cared? Has anything really changed? Indeed, the academic community in particular has responded by integrating more public health practice into teaching, research, and service. This article explores where progress has been made and where continuing efforts still are needed. In addition, potential ways to continue enhancing academic/practice linkages are discussed.
The author wishes to acknowledge the fine work of the members of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, particularly its recent and current chairs, Dr. Lloyd Novick, Dr. Joshua Lipsman, and Dr. C. William Keck. Without their leadership, and that of the entire Council, progress to date in academic/practice linkages would not have been as great.
Ronald Bialek, MPP,is President of the Public Health Foundation and Director of the Council on Linkages Between Academic and Public Health Practice in Washington, DC.
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