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How Partnering Benefits Health Care Workers, Physicians, and Patients

Summary: The health care community has yet to realize its potential to partner with alcohol and drug prevention workers. Health professionals are natural allies for prevention, but the challenge is to approach the problem in a systematic and cost-effective manner. A partnering model combines medical practice with community-based illness prevention, balancing the task while creating mutually beneficial and trusting relationships. The key to successful implementation is a mutually developed strategic framework that supports and sustains the alliance. The process of planning the framework becomes a relationship-building experience that aligns resources and activities to focus on the mission of the partnership.

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  • Topics: Continuous Improvement
  • Keywords: Community quality improvement,Healthcare industry,Social Service Agency,Public - Private Partnership,Partnerships
  • Author: Holtan, Neal
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation