A Database of Resources for Public Health Systems Researchers to Find the Data They Need

From November 2005 to April 2008, project staff at the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health developed a database of resources that public health systems researchers can use to find the data they need for their work. The database is housed in the Health Services and Sciences Research Resources website of the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.

When the project began, public health systems research was a relatively new area of inquiry. This research examines the organization, financing, delivery and impact of public health services within communities.

Key Results

  • According to an article titled "Public Health Systems and Services Research: Dataset Development, Dissemination, and Use," in Public Health Reports (May/June 2009), the project accomplished the following:

    • Project researchers in conjunction with librarians at the National Library of Medicine developed a public health systems and services research resource subset of the library's Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) database.


    In addition, according to reports to RWJF, the project accomplished the following:

    • Project staff held a conference with 150 participants that showcased the work of junior faculty and doctoral students who received minigrants under the project to carry out public health systems research using the newly gathered research resources.
    • Project staff developed a continuous, comprehensive bibliography of public health systems research—and items relevant to public health systems researchers—which to date, features more than 550 items including articles, reports, Web sites and other useful literature for public health policy-makers, researchers and practitioners.
    • Project staff disseminated information about the database in presentations to the American Public Health Association, the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, the Association of Research Libraries/Coalition for Networked Information, the Medical Library Association and the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.