Weigh In On the PHSSR Research Agenda

Jul 22, 2011, 2:47 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

A key session on the last day of NACCHO Annual 2011 was an invitation to attendees to weigh in on the preliminary research agenda for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR)--and that invitation is now being extended virtually as well.

Over the last few months, groups of interdisciplinary researchers under the direction of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Center for PHSSR Research at the University of Kentucky have worked together to create a preliminary agenda to assess the current state of PHSSR and set an updated research agenda, just posted to the Center’s site. The field of PHSSR helps to address critical limitations that exist in the U.S. public health infrastructure and provide a strong evidence base to help identify what works in public health and to support system improvements.

The preliminary agenda will be online for virtual comments for thirty days, during which users who come to the site are invited to vote on the final agenda items. After the comment period ends, feedback from sessions at public health meetings in the last few months, as well as the online comments now underway, will be used to inform and refine the research agenda. The agenda will be finalized and distributed in fall 2011.

The research categories include workforce; organization and structure; finance and technology; and data and methods.

Before voting, read an issue brief about the research agenda and read the suggestions and comments already posted on the site.

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