ArticleCreating the Management Academy for Public Health: Relationships Are PrimaryBaker, Edward L. Jr MD, MPH; Fox, Claude Earl MD, MPH; Hassmiller, Susan B. PhD, RN, FAAN; Sabol, Barbara J. MA, RN; Stokes, C. CharlesAuthor Information Edward L. Baker, Jr, MD, MPH, serves as director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, the outreach and service unit of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. He also holds the position of research professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. Prior to taking these positions in May 2003, Dr Baker served as assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Public Health Service and director of CDC's Public Heath Practice Program Office since 1990. Claude Earl Fox, MD, MPH, is a research professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. When the Management Academy was being created, he was Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ. Barbara J. Sabol, MA, RN, is Program Director, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. C. Charles Stokes is President and CEO of the CDC Foundation in Atlanta. Corresponding author: Edward L. Baker, Jr, MD, MPH, Director, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, CB 8165, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (e-mail: [email protected]). During the creation of the Management Academy, Edward Baker served as Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the CDC Public Health Practice Program Office, and Earl Fox served as Administrator in the Health Resources and Services Administration. This article reflects their views and not those of these federal agencies. The guest editors of this issue wish to acknowledge the contributions to the development of this program by Tom Bruce (then at the Kellogg Foundation), Nancy Kaufman (then at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Douglas Lloyd (Health Resources and Services Administration), Phil Lee (then Assistant Secretary for Health), Jo Ivey Boufford (then Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health), David Satcher (then CDC Director), Debbie Jones (then at CDC), Martha Katz (then at the CDC Foundation), Richard House (then consultant to the CDC Foundation), Bill Roper (then Dean of the UNC School of Public Health), Robert Sullivan (then Dean of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School), and Janet Porter and Stephen Orton (NC Institute for Public Health). Others making invaluable contributions included Linda Kay McGowan (CDC Foundation), Gloria Smith (Kellogg Foundation), Tom Balderson and Steve Frederick (CDC), and Charles Stokes (CDC Foundation). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: September-October 2006 - Volume 12 - Issue 5 - p 426-429 Buy AbstractIn Brief True collaboration among large federal agencies is rare, as is that among large and influential national foundations. The collaboration between two major government health agencies (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration) and three major health foundations (the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation) to create the Management Academy for Public Health is unprecedented in public health over the past quarter century. We attribute this success to the unique combination of a strong foundation of relationships between the partners and a commitment to generative dialogue throughout the design and implementation of the program. The success and sustainability of the Academy derive directly from these critical success factors, serving as an exemplary model for future collaborative endeavors. This article describes the process by which the program's initial sponsors, two federal agencies (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration) and three major health foundations (the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation), worked together to create the Management Academy for Public Health. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.