University of Wisconsin–Madison

Measuring Variation in the Integration of Primary Care and Public Health: A Multi-State PBRN Study of Local Integration and Health Outcomes (2013-2016)


PI: Elizabeth Gyllstrom, PhD, MPH; Co-Investigators Susan J. Zahner, DrPH, RN, FAAN and David Hahn, MD

Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($450,000)

The purpose of this project was to study the variations of primary care (PC) and public health (PH) integration. This multi-state project includes PC and PH practice-based research networks from the states of Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, and Wisconsin. Research questions: 1) How does the degree of integration between PC and PH vary across local jurisdictions?, 2) What factors appear to facilitate or inhibit integration, and how can PC and PH leverage those factors to increase integration?, 3) Does the degree of integration differ based on health topic area?, and 4) Do areas of greater integration have better health outcomes?

Dr. Gyllstrom at the AcademyHealth PHSR Interest Group Meeting in Boston, MA (6/2016).

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Elizabeth Gyllstrom, PhD, MPH

Minnesota Department of Health-Research Scientist


Mailing Address:
Minnesota Dept. of Health
Center for Public Health Practice
PO Box 64975
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0975

Street Address:
Minnesota Dept. of Health
Center for Public Health Practice
625 Robert Street N
Saint Paul, MN 55101

David Hahn, MD

University of Wisconsin-Director of the Wisconsin Research & Education Network


University of Wisconsin
Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Wisconsin Research & Education Network
1100 Delaplaine Court
Madison, WI 53175

Susan Zahner, DrPH, RN, FAAN

WPHRN Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin-Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor


University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
5226d Signe Skott Cooper Hall
701 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705