Academic journal article Human Ecology Forum

Partnerships for Public Health

Academic journal article Human Ecology Forum

Partnerships for Public Health

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When he talks about community partnerships for health care, Charles McClintock pictures social territory that lies where state agencies' missions and the public's needs intersect. He sees a need to look broadly at all the factors that make for good public health, to pursue the quest for better care by involving as many as possible of the New York agencies and community groups that touch on health, and then to be supportive of community-based initiatives that try to tackle health-related problems.

"It's a way to give even more support to community initiatives," says McClintock, professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management.

McClintock and Cutberto Garza, Cornell's vice provost and professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, represent Cornell on the steering committee of a new coalition that deals with this issue: the New York State Community Health Partnership. Formed in 1997, the partnership brings together leaders of key private and public statewide groups to support efforts to invest in local community health activities throughout the state. Cornell and Cornell Cooperative Extension are the only academic representatives on the committee, which includes representatives from business, medical, health care, and state health groups. The coalition's creation was spearheaded partly by the Healthcare Association of New York State.

The impetus behind the new emphasis on partnerships was the 1996 Department of Health Report on New York State Community Health Priorities, Communities Working Together for a Healthier New York. The report pinpoints communities of all sizes as crucial to meeting state residents' needs for care - and seeking assistance on how to use their resources to that end. …

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