Communities of Practice (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

The CoP Program is located within the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support.

Page last reviewed: December 2, 2021