A new research guide reviews areas where local/military partnerships on public health communication, training, planning and response can better serve the needs of community residents, active duty military, dependents and civilian employees while building enduring relationships of trust and collaboration between the base leadership and city/county management.

A Guide to Local Government and Military Partnerships in Public Health, prepared by The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, is available here. This report details existing relationships between local governments and military bases and presents key considerations for others who might want to follow their lead.

“Partnerships can be effective approaches to public health services at the local level, but should not be overlooked as opportunities for service improvement between local agencies and neighboring military bases,” said Gerald Young, senior research associate with SLGE.

“When discussing partnerships between local governments and military bases, the potential for direct sharing of staff may be limited considering factors like different personnel systems and security considerations,” he explained. “Regardless, there are many avenues for close collaboration between these diverse units of government, particularly within their shared, mission-driven concern for public health,” Young explained.

The guide indicates that across many disciplines, military and local public health partnerships accomplish more than meeting the needs of the individual patients served or fostering the health of the larger community. They also serve to enable the military installation to focus on its core missions, while making most efficient use of local expertise. And just as infrastructure maintenance and services contracting grew out of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, these public health partnerships help to improve the value of the base, which in turn contributes to the region’s economic vitality.

This guide is part of SLGE research on collaborations between city, county, and town governments, including a series of case studies on staff sharing. SLGE also compiled a checklist for staff sharing consideration and communication with elected and appointed officials in the respective communities.


The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) helps local and state governments become knowledgeable and competitive employers so they can attract and retain a talented and committed workforce. SLGE identifies leading practices and conducts research on public retirement plans, health and wellness benefits, workforce demographics and skill set needs, and labor force development. SLGE brings state and local leaders together with respected researchers.

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