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Benefits of a CoP

Introduction to CoPs

Members, organizations, and the public health community can benefit from working together in a CoP. Benefits to each group include:


  • Continual learning/ professional development
  • Access to expertise
  • Improved communication with peers
  • Increased productivity and quality of work
  • Networking for keeping current in field
  • Sense of professional identity
  • Enhanced professional reputation


  • Reduced time/cost to retrieve information
  • Reduced learning curves
  • Knowledge sharing and distribution
  • Coordination, standardization, and synergies across organizational units
  • Reduced rework and reinvention
  • Innovation
  • Benchmarking against industry standards
  • Alliance building

Public Health

  • Consistent communication and reporting
  • Improved analytic capability
  • Promotion of standards
  • Support and promotion of key national initiatives
  • Advancement of domain-specific capabilities
  • Linking of geographically dispersed practitioners
  • Increased government efficiency
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