The Practical Playbook provides tips and lessons to facilitate partnerships between primary care and public health organizations, in order to improve health and reduce costs.

The Practical Playbook helps primary care and public health groups work together to improve health across the broader population and reduce the costs to achieve it. The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care Together was published in October 2015, and The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships that Work was published in May 2019.

The Practical Playbook was developed in response to the 2012 Institute of Medicine report Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health. The Practical Playbook provides real-life, flexible guidance to help users through each stage of partnership building. Throughout each stage, the Practical Playbook uses helpful resources like success stories from across the country, lessons-learned from existing partnerships, and further guidance from industry experts.

In 2014, Practical Playbook served as the backbone organization that provided technical assistance to the BUILD Health Challenge awardees. As part of this role, Playbook staff and partners have provided webinars, offered one-on-one assistance, managed regional working groups, and led communities of practice. The Playbook has also hosted two annual meetings, which were attended by over 600 participants from across the country.

The Playbook is available online and in print.


Since its inception in 2013, the Practical Playbook has been at the forefront of the movement to improve population health. Dedicated to making multi-sector partnerships work, Playbook manages a National Advisory Committee of more than 30 organizations that are working to improve collaborations and population health, and is constantly working to connect other groups.