Public and private partnerships (PPPs) are a joint venture between the government, industry, and other public and private sectors. Public and private partnerships are typically formed to leverage expertise from different sectors to identify problems and work collaboratively to come to a common solution. This chapter discusses why PPPs are needed to solve the complex problem of getting healthier, grain- based foods into the food supply. We introduce and describe 3 different research initiatives that require a PPP. Our vision for PPPs is to work to increase the availability of grain-based foods that are practical, healthier, affordable, and desirable with the intention of making the healthy choice the easy and natural choice for citizens.
Renee Korczak, PhD, RD, is an instructor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota and also an independent consultant, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Len Marquart, PhD, RD, is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota and former president of the Grains for Health Foundation.
The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Correspondence: Renee Korczak, PhD, RD, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, 1334 Eckles Ave, Room 225B, St. Paul, MN 55108 (firstname.lastname@example.org).