Partnership for the Future of Public Health Services and Systems Research

This commentary provides an overview of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's investment in public health services and systems research. It examines the current state of the field and identifies future challenges. The authors are Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff members.

Key Findings:

  • Now that a quality research base has been established in public health services and systems research, a major challenge for the field is ensuring that research is turned into practice.
  • Research must be relevant to public health needs and public health practitioners must use research to improve their services.
  • Public health research is vital to helping the United States become a healthier country without astronomic increases in health system costs.

Public health holds great potential to address some of the nation's biggest health problems and must not miss the opportunity to increase its impact through high-quality, relevant research.