Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Practice-Based Research Network in Public Health

The Foundation's initiative, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Practice-Based Research Network in Public Health, was designed to develop a practice-based research network for public health to help stakeholders understand how public health systems research can be used to improve public health performance and impact.The Kentucky Public Health Research Network (K-PHReN) will stimulate and support new research focusing on public health partnerships, strategies to reduce health disparities, and the roles of leadership in public health practice improvement. Administered by the Kentucky Public Health Association, the network will include the Kentucky Department of Health, 17 local public health jurisdictions and their community partners, a state primary care research network, the Kentucky Health Department Association, and research partners at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. An initial research project will provide a comparative analysis of public health system performance among local public health jurisdictions in Kentucky contrasted with their counterparts in other states. Future project interests include the implementation and impact of partnerships between public health and primary care providers in Kentucky, collaborative practices to reduce health disparities, and the impact of leadership development initiatives on public health practice. Deliverables include: (1) demonstrating the value of a public health practice-based research network (PBRN) to encourage identification of key practice questions, answers to those questions, and the impact of implementation of those practice-based research findings; (2) identifying priority questions, drawn from practice, which will improve the performance of the health department; (3) demonstrating that it is possible for a practicing health department to serve as a source for new research questions but also, by linkage with academic partners, to do science that has credibility with both the practice and research communities; (4) disseminating findings from research activities to public health practitioners, researchers, and health policy makers in order to effect change in public health practice; and (5) establishing relationships with other public health PBRNs and to effectively participate in national and multi-centric public health PBRN projects, as well as links to PBRNs developing in other professions in Kentucky. They will work closely with the University of Arkansas and other PBRNs established by RWJF.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $89,999.00

Awarded on: 11/6/2008

Time frame: 12/15/2008 - 12/14/2010

Grant Number: 65437


Kentucky Public Health Association

140 Consumer Lane
P.O. Box 1091
Frankfort, 40602-1091


Angela T. Dearinger
Project Director


Sarah T. Wilding
Project Director