Demonstrating the value of public health services and systems research in public health policy and practice, 2012-2013

The Foundation's National Program for Public Health Research was designed to further the growth and impact of the field of public health services and systems research (PHSSR) by coordinating current PHSSR investments, supporting real-world applications of research, strengthening the capacity of researchers and practitioners, catalyzing the translation and application of findings into practice, increasing visibility and champions for the work, and attracting other funders to the field.This grant supports AcademyHealth in working with the Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) National Coordinating Center (NCC) in one of the four major goal areas: catalyzing the application of research. NCC was funded, in part, to increase the use of PHSSR evidence to inform policy decisions that affect the structure and governance of public health agencies, and the public health system broadly. AcademyHealth will contribute to this aim by: (1) identifying and synthesizing PHSSR findings that are relevant to policymakers and the current policy context; (2) disseminating topical PHSSR findings to policymakers and stakeholders; and (3) educating PHSSR investigators to develop policy-relevant research, translate research findings, and understand the context of policy development. Deliverables will include development of a PHSSR strategy for monitoring and disseminating evidence; monthly progress reports to NCC; participation in three coordination meetings with NCC; four policy briefs; a plan for disseminating research and related marketing collateral; activities to educate researchers and policy stakeholders about PHSSR policy; and a final report. The project team at AcademyHealth will carry out these activities--especially the development of strategies and products to be disseminated to policymakers--in close consultation with NCC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. All products produced for or disseminated to policymakers will be purely educational materials that do not refer to specific legislation or will satisfy the nonpartisan research-analysis exception to the lobbying rules. All of AcademyHealth's other communications with policymakers (e.g., meetings, briefings) supported under this grant will satisfy the same requirements.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $296,473.00

Awarded on: 5/25/2012

Time frame: 6/1/2012 - 7/31/2013

Grant Number: 69996



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Katherine Froeb Papa
Project Director


Lisa Simpson
Project Director