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Comment & Response
June 21, 2016

Roles of Academic and Public Health Systems in Advancing Population Health—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, Cambridge, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;315(23):2623-2624. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4189

In Reply We fully acknowledge the critically important role of government-led public health systems as vital to ensuring and advancing population health, as described by Drs Goodman and Karpati. At the same time, we believe academic health systems can meaningfully augment (not replace) the effectiveness of government-led public health systems to improve population health. Academic health systems are institutions with substantial expertise and resources, and they are influential agents in commerce, employment, and health care delivery. During this time of transition,1 academic health systems are well positioned to contribute more significantly than they have in the past to population-wide health improvement efforts. Our Viewpoint was intended to encourage academic health systems to collaborate with other sectors and stakeholders to achieve just this aim—improve overall health and well-being in the communities they serve.

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