The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the US is conducting an investigation that may be of interest locally, particularly to those wanting to see a public health focus from the new Medicare Locals.
According to an IOM statement, the Health Services and Resources Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked the Institute to convene a committee of experts to examine ways to better integrate public health and primary care to assure healthy communities.
The aim is to develop “an evidence-based, integrated model and other recommendations that would help achieve successful linkages between public health and primary care”.
A report is due next year, and the terms of reference include:
• What does the evidence report as the best methods to improve population health and/or reduce health disparities through integrating or connecting public health and primary care?
• What are the models and factors that promote and sustain effective integration and connection between public health and primary care?
• What are the gaps in evidence?
• The committee should address potential actions, needs or barriers regarding: science, finance, governance, health information technology, delivery system and practice, policy, and workforce education and training.
For previous articles on the IOM