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 Colorado 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 Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, 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 all 55 of Colorado's local public health agency jurisdictions. The project will utilize and build upon a statewide public health capacity assessment that collected baseline measures of staffing, funding, and service delivery in local public health agencies during 2011 and will be repeated during 2012 with additional measures on administration, governance and financing. 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 comparative analyses of public health service delivery patterns in states that do and do not have core service delivery requirements codified in state law. 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 $50,000.00

Awarded on: 4/5/2012

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

Grant Number: 69954


Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials

Building A, Suite 622
1385 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver, 80222-3324


Julie A. Marshall
Project Director


Lisa N. VanRaemdonck
Project Director