Examining strategies to generate new revenues on more efficient and effective practices to improve public health

The Foundation's Public Health Systems Research program was designed to help establish the field of public health systems research as a needed resource that will enable governmental health agencies to improve their performance. This research grant will explore the feasibility of characterizing, documenting, and disseminating existing public health entrepreneurial activities. Specifically, researchers will address the question: What are the activities public health entrepreneurs currently pursue to generate new sources of revenue and new service delivery innovations and what organizational adaptations encouraged or resulted from those activities? The researchers will: (1) identify existing entrepreneurial public health activities and assess the public health system's organizational capacity to engage in such initiatives; (2) identify ways that public health practitioners can use entrepreneurship to enhance the capacity to improve population health; (3) share identified practices across public health practitioners; and (4) stimulate a wide-ranging debate among public health advocates, practitioners, and policymakers about the role of entrepreneurship in how the public health system can best be organized to meet population health challenges. The objective of this project is to provide public health policymakers and practitioners with the first systematic description of innovative strategies to generate new revenues or more efficient and effective practices to improve population health.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $308,968.00

Awarded on: 12/23/2008

Time frame: 2/1/2009 - 3/31/2011

Grant Number: 65722


University of Michigan School of Public Health

1420 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, 48109-2013


Peter D. Jacobson
Project Director