Public health and CHCs have a mutual interest in improving the health status of underserved communities. Public health cannot provide direct primary care services to underserved populations, but CHCs are dedicated to them, which creates opportunities for public health and CHCs to complement one another. CHCs need public health data and preventive services to fulfill their fundamental mission and federal grant requirements. Thus, public health and CHCs can develop meaningful partnerships to address health and healthcare disparities through mutual assistance in service delivery and preventive care, the collection and sharing of health data and HIE, and community outreach through coordinated enabling services.


Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 2016