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.This project supports the Tennessee Public Health PBRN as one of six participating networks in the Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination Study (MPROVE), which uses the infrastructure of multiple PBRNs to investigate the causes and consequences of geographic variation in service delivery across diverse public health settings. Led by the University of Tennessee in collaboration with the Knox County Health Department and the East Tennessee Region of the Tennessee Department of Public Health, the project will collect community-level measures of public health service delivery in the domains of chronic disease prevention, communicable disease control, and environmental health protection in 16 counties of the East Tennessee region. The project will utilize and build upon an electronic information system that currently captures information on public health service delivery among the participating practice settings. Data from this project will be pooled with measures collected by the other five participating PBRNs in order to identify factors that influence geographic variation in public health service delivery and to detect service-outcome relationships that present opportunities for health improvement. Additionally, the project will conduct local analyses of the data to examine the effects of federal vaccination funding changes on local vaccination delivery, and the effects of local initiatives to regionalize communicable disease control activities in the Eastern Tennessee region, and the effects of billing procedure changes on the service delivery, utilization and revenue in one local health department. Findings will be disseminated through a workshop, a policy brief and journal article, and a decision support tool developed for state and national public health audiences.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $49,990.00

Awarded on: 4/12/2012

Time frame: 4/15/2012 - 10/14/2013

Grant Number: 69958


University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research

1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, 37996-1529


Paul Campbell Erwin
Project Director