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Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice


The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) is a collaborative of 22 national organizations focused on improving public health education and training, practice, and research. Established in 1992 to implement the recommendations of the Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum, the Council on Linkages works to further academic/practice collaboration to ensure a well-trained, competent workforce and the development and use of a strong evidence base for public health practice. The Council on Linkages is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Staff support is provided by the Public Health Foundation



To improve public health practice, education, and research by fostering, coordinating, and monitoring links among academia and the public health and healthcare community; developing and advancing innovative strategies to build and strengthen public health infrastructure; and creating a process for continuing public health education throughout one’s career.


Strategic Directions

Work of the Council on Linkages is guided by its Strategic Directions, 2016-2020. The Strategic Directions detail the Council on Linkages’ objectives, as well as the strategies and tactics that may be pursued to achieve these objectives. The Strategic Directions were adopted in August 2016.


Current Initiatives

The Council on Linkages is engaged in a variety of public health workforce development activities. Current initiatives focus on:


History and Accomplishments

For more than 20 years, the Council on Linkages has enhanced collaboration between academia and practice within public health. Accomplishments of the Council on Linkages have helped to strengthen the public health workforce.


For additional information about the Council on Linkages, please visit the links below or contact Kathleen Amos at

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Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice