THERE IS growing interest in establishing partnerships between health care providers and community-based organizations as a means to more effectively achieve public health goals.1-7 Community-based organizations play a key role in reaching health care consumers and marketing public health. They interpret scientific jargon into culturally appropriate messages and package educational and referral services according to individual needs. Community-based organizations also identify and relay public health needs of the community to health care providers. In this liaison role, community-based organizations serve to bridge these 2 groups and mobilize community resources for public health initiatives.8-10
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