Are we there yet? Seizing the moment to integrate medicine and public health.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Multiple promising but unsustainable attempts have been made to maintain programs integrating primary care and public health since the middle of the last century. During the 1960s, social justice movements expanded access to primary care and began to integrate primary care with public health concepts both to meet community needs for medical care and to begin to address the social determinants of health. Two decades later, the managed care movement offered opportunities for integration of primary care and public health as many employers and government payers attempted to control health costs and bring disease prevention strategies in line with payment mechanisms. Today, we again have the opportunity to align primary care with public health to improve the community's health.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Scutchfield, FD; Michener, JL; Thacker, SB

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 102 Suppl 3 /

Start / End Page

  • S312 - S316

PubMed ID

  • 22690964

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3478088

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300724


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States