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Communities of Practices (CoPs)

Share • Collaborate • Learn

phConnect - Collaboration for Public HealthCommunities of Practice (CoPs) are working to strengthen public health as members learn, share expertise, and work together on solving common problems in their communities' focus areas. Public health communities are forming and collaborating on Join us!

Communities are usually open to everyone working or interested in the domain, though some are closed to allow a private space for members to grapple transparently with sensitive issues. CoPs are easy to join, and your level of participation is up to you.

CoPs provide a collaborative framework for public health professionals to work together to identify and leverage best practices and standards. Through these evolving collaborative efforts and sharing of lessons learned in the community building process, the community of practice approach is being implemented in many public health areas as a model for how public health partners work together.

Your involvement in a CoP may not only help set public health priorities, but also assist in strengthening and shaping the future of public health.

Your feedback will help expand and improve CDC's CoP Program. Please provide comments or feedback by sending an email to To join a CoP sign up on the website or learn about other ways by reading the Join a CoP link. Instructions on how to join phConnect are located here.

The CoP Program is located within the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). To learn more about the OSTLTS, visit here.