Fostering local health department and health system collaboration through case conferences for at-risk and vulnerable populations

Joshua R. Vest, Virginia Caine, Lisa E. Harris, Dennis P. Watson, Nir Menachemi, Paul Halverson

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In case conferences, health care providers work together to identify and address patients’ complex social and medical needs. Public health nurses from the local health department joined case conference teams at federally qualified health center primary care sites to foster cross-sector collaboration, integration, and mutual learning. Public health nurse participation resulted in frequent referrals to local health department services, greater awareness of public health capabilities, and potential policy interventions to address social determinants of health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-651
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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