There is mounting recognition among health professionals that truly improving health outcomes in the U.S.—addressing acute conditions and the upstream social determinants that contribute to poor health—must be an interdisciplinary, cross-sector, and collaborative endeavor.  

To this end, the Public Health Leadership Forum (PHLF) at RESOLVE teamed with the Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) to develop a framework that supports enhanced collaboration between health care and public health entities. This framework, Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness: An Actionable Framework for Health Care and Public Health Collaboration, outlines essential elements and key strategies for shaping effective, health-based collaboratives among public health, health care, and community-based organizations. This framework is designed to be one of many tools contributing to “comprehensive community wellness,” articulated by the PHLF and HCTTF as an approach that:  

“Values and supports all people achieving their highest possible levels of health by simultaneously addressing all determinants of health. When assuming such an approach, the health department, hospital, and housing authority share at least one common goal: to improve the health and well-being of the people they serve. They work in concert, each leveraging their own skillsets and that of their partners, to accelerate and achieve the shared goal.”   

In this web forum, members of the PHLF and HCTTF will describe the essential elements of collaboration outlined in the framework, and speak to their experiences working to develop and sustain cross-sector collaborations in their organizations and communities.

Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees. This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, health care practitioners and leaders, as well as professionals working in social service or community-based organizations that address social determinants of health (e.g. transportation, education, housing, city planning, food systems, etc.).


John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH

Secretary of Health

Washington State Department of Health

Olympia, WA

John Wiesman is an accomplished transformational leader with more than 22 years of local public health experience, focusing on whole systems approaches to improving health. Since 1986 he has worked in four local public health departments in Washington and Connecticut and now serves as the Washington State Secretary of Health…

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Georgia Heise, BS, MS, DrPH

District Director

Three-Rivers Health Department

Owenton, Kentucky

Dr. Georgia Heise “Georgia from Kentucky” is a Past President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she serves on the Finance Think Tank, the Social and Structural Determinants of Health Think Tank and the Advisory Subcommittee…

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Bellinda K. Schoof, MHA, CPHQ

Director, Health of the Public and Science Division

American Academy of Family Physicians

Leawood, KS

Bellinda Schoof is Director of the Health of the Public and Science Division of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Ms. Schoof has 20 years experience in evidence-based clinical guideline development, policy development, health equity, population and community health, and implementing evidence-based interventions at the primary care practice level.

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Abby Dilley, MS

Vice President and Senior Mediator


Grand Rapids, MI

Abby Dilley, is a Senior Mediator and Vice President of Program Development at RESOLVE. She has over twenty-two years of experience in facilitation and mediation of scientifically complex and highly controversial public policy issues in the areas of public health, natural resources, conservation, agriculture, and biotechnology. She is the lead…

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