Public health and primary care share a common mission to prevent disease and promote health but often work disjointedly on this shared goal.

In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, members of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, Bruce Gray, MPA, and Patrick Luedtke, MD, MPH, discuss efforts to better integrate the systems at the local level.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe key findings from the Institute of Medicine’s study, “Integrating Public Health and Primary Care,” and select “best practices” of community partnering in the northwest
  • Identify key issues and challenges related to advancing Public Health-Primary Care integration in an Accountable Care Organization environment
  • Recognize key policy implications, opportunities, and obstacles at the state, local, and national levels related to integration

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public Health Nurses; Community and migrant health center staff and board members; Healthcare administrators involved in Accountable Care Organization partnerships


Bruce Gray, MPA, CEO, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

Patrick Luedtke, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, Lane County Oregon

Discussion Questions

These questions are designed to further your thinking on the topic covered in this webinar. You may print and discuss them with colleagues and other members of your organization before or after watching this webinar.

  1. What are the opportunities and challenges with public health-primary care integration that you’ve directly experienced in your work?
  2. What do you see as the key changes taking place in the current healthcare environment that will most help or hinder such integration?
  3. What is your own level of interest, both personal and professional, in being involved in the integration efforts?


Graphic of two roads, one labeled "Public Health," one labeled "Primary Care" converging into a larger road labeled "Improved Community Health."
Air Date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Law and Policy & Ethics
Leadership & Management
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Financial Planning and Management Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills