Investigators affiliated with the Mississippi Department of Health and Emory University led a series of activities designed to advance the field of public health systems research.
Public health systems research examines the organization, financing and delivery of public health services in communities and the impact of these services on public health.
Project co-director Peggy Honoré, DHA, MHA, and advisory committee member Brian W. Amy, MD, MHA, MPH, co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) devoted to the subject of public health finance.
About 135 participants attended the inaugural conference, "Public Health Systems Research—Creating the Evidence for Policy," on February 7–9, 2006 in Washington, D.C.
Organizations new to the field from both the private and federal sector are participating in public health systems research efforts.
A joint U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) expert panel on public health systems research met on February 8, 2007 in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to advance the fields of public health systems research and public health finance.
The project team created a website on public health systems research at Emory University in July 2005.