Patients First legislation includes a requirement for the public health sector and the province’s local health integration networks (LHINs) to work together to reduce health disparities and improve access to health care services. The Government of Ontario established the Expert Panel on Public Health (“Expert Panel”) in January 2017. Their report, “Public Health within an Integrated Health System” was released on July 20, 2017.
To help primary care and public health organizations collaborate effectively, researchers from McMaster and other universities have compiled Primary Care & Public Health Collaboration Toolkit for practitioners, managers, policy makers, and students working in the public health and primary care sectors. The toolkit is intended to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support collaboration between public health and primary care. It is structured around an evidence-based Ecological Framework for Building Successful Collaboration between Public Health and Primary Care.