Advancing the Science of Delivery

Public Health Services and Systems Research

For almost a decade, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has supported major efforts in enhancing the field of public health services and systems research (PHSSR) as part of their larger efforts toward advancing the science and practice of public health.

A new environment including fiscal pressure, reductions in resources, and health care reform have all led to new challenges in the field of PHSSR. However, support from RWJF since 2004 has resulted in better practice-based research and helped attract other stakeholders to this growing field. A collection of research projects aimed at delivering evidence about the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services is currently being supported by RWJF.

Key Findings:

  • RWJF has established funding for investigator-initiated research projects in PHSSR and has invested in expansion and enhancement of data collection.
  • RWJF created a National Coordinating Center for PHSSR established at the University of Kentucky. It is currently working to detect collaborative research opportunities with a variety of federal agencies.

Research that can be applied and translated into the public health field and in real-life community settings is a major concern. To address this, RWJF supported the launch of a program in 2008 to develop practice-based research networks in public health. (It was modeled after a similar system utilized in primary care.) Also, RWJF is currently working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a shared vision which helps establish PHSSR priorities for the next few years.

The Journal of Public Health Management & Practice Focuses on Advances in Public Health Services and Systems Research

  1. 1. Advancing the Science of Delivery
  2. 2. Expanding Delivery System Research in Public Health Settings
  3. 3. Public Health Law Research: Exploring Law in Public Health Systems
  4. 4. Developing a Taxonomy for the Science of Improvement in Public Health
  5. 5. Public Health Services and Systems Research: Current State of Finance Research
  6. 6. Governance Typology
  7. 7. Diffusion of Practice-Based Research in Local Public Health
  8. 8. Defining Organizational Capacity for Public Health Services and Systems Research
  9. 9. Measuring the Authority of Local Public Health Directors in the Context of Organizational Structure
  10. 10. The Extent of Interorganizational Resource Sharing Among Local Health Departments
  11. 11. Health Districts as Quality Improvement Collaboratives and Multi-Jurisdictional Entities
  12. 12. Information-Seeking Behaviors and Other Factors Contributing to Successful Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Local Health Departments
  13. 13. Assessing the Roles of Brokerage
  14. 14. Structural and Organizational Characteristics Associated With Performance of Essential Public Health Services in Small Jurisdictions
  15. 15. Assessment of Workforce Capacity for Local Health Departments in Nebraska
  16. 16. Topology of Local Health Officials' Advice Networks
  17. 17. Composition and Duties of Local Boards of Health
  18. 18. Local Health Departments and Specific Maternal and Child Health Expenditures
  19. 19. Variability in Practices for Investigation, Prevention, and Control of Communicable Diseases Among Washington State's Local Health Jurisdictions