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Explore how the same skills public health professionals use in their everyday work can help public health initiatives successfully connect with local businesses.


As a public health practitioner or other professional, you may already recognize the value of having meaningful connections and partnerships with businesses. This tool will help you communicate the important role of businesses as partners in assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments in the home, community, and workplace. It will also help you develop a concrete goal for partnering with businesses and a clear request (or “ask”) for local businesses of interest to you.

Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect

Use this information as a starting point for explaining the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention to potential business partners.

Benefits to Business

Learn more about how your partnership can help attract and retain talented employees, increase productivity, improve community stability, and further the company mission.

Using Your Existing Skills

Skills you use to connect with nonprofits, local agencies, and community residents can also help you build a relationship with local businesses.

How to Build a Business Partnership

This guide will help you think through the steps you should follow to identify a business to partner with, make initial contact with the selected business, and maintain a relationship with them.

Roles for Businesses

Discover the different types of roles businesses can play in your initiative. You may need to suggest a role to begin your conversation, but be flexible in how businesses see themselves as possible contributors.