Kinesiology programs are well positioned to create and develop partnerships within the university, with local health care providers, and with the community to integrate and enhance the activities of professional training, community service, public health outreach, and collaborative research. Partnerships with medical and health care organizations may be structured to fulfill accreditation standards and the objectives of the “Exercise is Medicine®” initiative to improve public health through primary prevention. Barriers of scale, location, time, human resources, and funding can be overcome so all stakeholder benefits are much greater than the costs.
Grandjean and Gordon are with the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, Baylor University, Waco, TX. Hess, Schwedock, and Griggs are with the Waco Family Medicine Residency Program, Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Waco, TX. Schwedock is also with the Waco Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Waco, TX.