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Center for Medicine and Public Health

Leslie M Beitsch, M.D., J.D., Associate Dean for H

The Center for Medicine and Public Health is dedicated to bridging the historic divide between the fields of medicine and public health, while improving the shared understanding of the unified nature of “health,” as comprised by both disciplines. This vision is achieved through promoting the intersection of medicine and public health at all levels of practice (federal, state, and local), via research, policy change, and service that fosters prevention and improved community health.

To accomplish these broad objectives the Center collaborates with a wide range of partners in Tallahassee, in Florida, and across the U.S., such as to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Public Health Foundation, the Florida Medical Association (FMA), Capital Medical Society, and state and local health departments. Examples of current projects illustrate the scope of activities. Efforts through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Multi-State Learning Collaborative (MLC) have resulted in greater emphasis on quality improvement and evidence based public health practice. Public health has trailed medicine in the arena of quality practice. These efforts under the auspices of the MLC to advance the field, bring public health closer to the scientific practice of medicine. Likewise, recent adoption of public health standards (under the leadership of CDC) and voluntary accreditation have had similar impact. Serving on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine committee examining the future of public health practice in a reformed health care system is another mechanism that may influence how medicine and public health relate to one another as disciplines in the future. Closer to home, participation in the FMA Council on Public Health promotes a shared understanding of the common goals of medicine and public health within Florida