Within recent decades, leaders across different sectors have turned to social learning models to foster the innovation and collaboration needed to tackle some of the largest challenges in their fields. One of the most well-known models is the Community of Practice (CoP). This model assists professionals engaged in a discipline, field, or area of practice with building a dynamic relationship with one another to share and expand practical “know-how.”
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has applied CoP strategies to support the ongoing training of public health professionals and the improvement of public health practice. Through this guidebook, NNPHI lays out the basic framework for establishing a CoP, as well as provides practical tools and templates to get a CoP up and running.