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Public Health and Hospital Collaboration: New Opportunities, New Reasons to Collaborate

Scutchfield, F. Douglas MD; Evashwick, Connie J. ScD, FACHE; Carman, Angela L. MBA, CHE, PHR

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November/December 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 6 - p 522–523
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318211b2aa
Commentary

This study discusses the role of local health departments in bringing all hospitals within the service area together to conduct a joint community needs assessment and improve efficiency, effectiveness, and resource allocation in meeting community-wide needs.

Health Services Research and Policy, Colleges of Public Health and Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky (Dr Scutchfield); Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington, District of Columbia (Mr Evashwick); and Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington (Ms Carman).

Correspondence: F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, Health Services Research and Policy, Colleges of Public Health and Medicine, 121 Washington Ave, Rm 212, Lexington, KY 40536 (scutch@uky.edu).

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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