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.
- 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.
- 1. Applying Health Services Research to Public Health Practice
- 2. Commentary
- 3. Geographic Variation in Public Health Spending
- 4. Toward Standardized, Comparable Public Health Systems Data
- 5. The Public Health and Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
- 6. Introducing Quality Improvement Methods into Local Public Health Departments
- 7. A Framework to Measure the Value of Public Health Services
- 8. Agency Discretion and Public Health Service Delivery