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 grant supports the Washington 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 Chelan-Douglas Health District, 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 of Washington's 36 local public health jurisdictions, building upon an existing, statewide inventory of local public health services maintained by members of the project team. The project will link service delivery measures with related data available from the state health department, including detailed measures of local public health expenditures and community-level disease surveillance data, in order to support analyses of the relationships among spending, service delivery, and health outcomes. 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. 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.
Amount Awarded $43,552.00
Awarded on: 4/11/2012
Time frame: 4/15/2012 - 10/14/2013
Grant Number: 69953