About the Project
Primary health care is the critical approach to care and service delivery as articulated at the WHO conference at Alma Ata in 1978. Across Canada, there have been rapidly changing structures in the delivery of public health, as well as a variety of approaches to primary care renewal. Despite this, and the recent increase in research activity in multidisciplinary collaboration in primary healthcare teams, there has been a paucity of research focusing on building collaborative relationships between primary care (PC) and public health (PH). This four-year program of research will investigate:
the structures and processes required to build successful collaborations between public health and primary care (at interactional, organizational and systemic levels);
roles that nurses and other health care practitioners play in building local collaborations between PC and PH;
factors that influence their capacity to foster such collaborations; and
the extent to which collaborative partnerships between primary care and public health currently exist in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia.