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Keeneland Conference: What Questions Do You Need Answered?

Apr 11, 2011, 7:03 PM


This week, NewPublicHealth will be at the 2011 Keeneland Conference.

The focus of the conference is public health systems and services research – a growing field that is designed to arm public health officials and policy makers with the data they need to make well-informed decisions about how health departments should be financed, staffed and structured.

This research has become especially important as state and local health departments across the country face difficult choices due to budget cuts and reductions in staff, programs and services.

As hundreds of researchers, practitioners and policy makers gather from April 12-14 to share and discuss the latest and most actionable findings in research to protect and improve health, NewPublicHealth wants to hear from you:

  • What trends are you seeing in your health department or your community that need greater attention from researchers?
  • How can health departments be structured to make sure they're both efficient and effective?
  • In the face of budget cuts, how should limited public health resources be used to have the most impact on a community's health?


Please weigh in by clicking “comment” below and sharing your thoughts with other readers.

And throughout the conference, follow @RWJF_PubHealth for real-time updates. Use the hashtag #PHSSRKC11 to join the conversation.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.