Public health services and systems research (PHSSR) is a relatively new discipline with its roots in a 1988 Institute of Medicine report that led to a renaissance in public health. Subsequent entry of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation into the field in 2004 was a “pivotal event in the growth of PHSSR.”
Authors Scutchfield and Shapiro introduce three seminal articles published in the July 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. They reinforce the articles’ points as ways to assure continued growth of the field of PHSSR:
The authors characterize PHSSR as moving into adolescence and point to new investments, new data sets and new investigators as indicators of a maturing research discipline.