Communities of Practices (CoPs)
Share • Collaborate • Learn
Communities 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CoP Program is located within the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.
Introduction to Communities of PracticeFind out what a CoP is, the CoP approach, benefits of joining a CoP, roles and responsibilities within a CoP, and read success stories from current communities.
Launch and Sustain a Community of PracticeFrom starting a CoP to ensuring the success of an existing community - Find out how to Plan, Launch, Sustain, and Evolve a CoP.
EvaluateRead about the importance of evaluation and how to successfully conduct an evaluation for your CoP.
GlossarySources used for this Resource Kit as well as a collection of other books, web sites, and information related to CoPs.
ReferencesSources used for this Resource Kit as well as a collection of other books, web sites, and information related to CoPs.
ResourcesProvides downloadable and customizable templates, guides, and examples of documents commonly used by new and existing.
- Page last reviewed: January 11, 2016
- Page last updated: January 11, 2016
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