This commentary highlights the excellent work being accomplished by academic health department projects in the United States, and shares the lessons learned. To conclude, it stresses the need for investment to foster existing collaborative environments and cultivating such environments where they do not yet exist.
former College of Public Health Dean and State Health Officer, and currently a consultant to the Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington, DC. (Mahan)
Manager, Educational and Research Programs for the Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington, DC. (Silver)
Corresponding author: Gillian B. Silver, MPH, Association of Schools of Public Health, 1101 15th St NW, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20005 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
This commentary was written to highlight the excellent work being accomplished by academic health department projects around the country, and would not have been possible without the efforts of the schools of public health and the enthusiastic participation of the local and state health departments. The Association of Schools of Public Health Academic Public Health Practice Committee, chaired by Ciro V. Sumaya, MD, MPHTM, Dean, Texas A & M Rural School of Public Health, provided guidance for the Academic Health Department initiative, and for that we are grateful. The authors thank Antigone Vickery, MPH, Geraldine Aglipay, and Rachel Schnekendorf, MPH for their thoughtful comments on this article.