|Author(s):||J. H. Glasser*1, R. Cranovsky2, R. Levinson3, J. Huang4|
|Affiliation(s):||1The Medicine and Public Health Initiative, Houston, USA, 2Consultant, Epalinges, Switzerland, 3Health Management, Howard University, Washington DC, USA, 4Epidemiology, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China|
Integrating medicine and public health, national and global, interdisciplinary education and manpower development, translational research and capacity building
Complexity, cost, and rising expectations have created capacity, manpower needs, and resulted in gaps in healthcare system improvements. The recognition of the consequences of the gaps provides opportunities to strengthen the integrity of the system through interdisciplinary education, evidence-based delivery, and diffusion of best practices into delivery systems. Improved professional networking supports efforts to mobilize professional associations and health institutions to coordinate efforts in the cyber age.
The Medicine and Public Health Medicine Initiative (MPHI) provides practical experience in building an organization to better effect such changes by providing voluntary professional and institutional participation in action oriented programmes. MPHI is structured around the continuum of the framework of population health improvement. This paper describes:
1 – The approach and model complements the development of integrating health networking.
MPHI population health framework provides essential enablers; builds on nascent activities of collaboration; provides value added to existing efforts; world wide web and dissemination network; collaborative multi-site projects and technical assistance; linking education across the continuum from current students through continuing practitioners; expanding to new areas in care and prevention for multiethnic, multicultural/religious populations. Barriers exist: institutional inertia; need for a small core of champions: leaders, professional association, university, or health delivery settings; resources, though modest, needed from internal or external sources.