Strategic Partnerships

Strengthening the health workforce and connecting skilled professionals to communities in need requires strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders.

Partnerships are at the core of much of our work. They form the basis of many of our grants, which encourage collaboration between academic institutions and clinical practice sites. 

How do we work with partners?

Our work with key partners enables us to make informed decisions on policy and program planning to create a strong workforce of diverse health professionals who provide quality care to communities in need.

We work with partners through:

Advisory Committees

Our Advisory Committees provide expertise and recommendations on our existing programs and new program development.  The Advisory committees include: 

National Centers 

Our National Centers support evaluation, research, and analysis to advance interprofessional practice and education. We are committed to advancing this model of care because it: 

  • Promotes active participation of each discipline
  • Enhances patient and family-centered goals and values
  • Provides mechanisms for continuous communication among health care providers
  • Improves staff participation in clinical decision-making within and across disciplines
  • Fosters respect for contributions of professionals from all disciplines

National Centers that support interprofessional practice and education include: 

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education exit disclaimer – provides real-time access to interactive activities, tools, evidence, resources, and hands-on experiences to encourage awareness and skill-building around interprofessional practice and education.

National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare exit disclaimer – supports adding skill- and evidence-based health curricula, and best practices into primary care education and practice, through the development of interprofessional competencies and online education materials.

National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training exit disclaimer – partners with 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers and 40 local performance sites to offer high-quality training, tools, and resources for thousands of professionals engaged in advancing public health practice and improving population health.

Research Centers

The Health Workforce Research Center grant program supports research to assist decision-makers at the federal, state and local levels to better understand health workforce needs. There are seven Health Workforce Research Centers, each with a different focus.

The Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE) grant program aims to improve clinical teaching and research in primary care training through systems-level research on primary care training, distribution of best practices and resources, and community of practice activities. 

There are six national Academic Units with different focus areas:

Primary Care Offices

We work with state Primary Care Offices (PCOs), to improve access to healthcare for medically underserved areas and populations. 

Ongoing activities with PCOs include:

  • Conducting primary care health needs assessments 
  • Determining areas within states that are medically underserved
  • Recruiting and retaining health professionals to serve in underserved areas 
  • Ensuring placement of primary care, dental, and mental health professionals in areas of most need
Date Last Reviewed:  March 2020