A Partnership of Two U.S. Research Networks to Improve Public Health

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A partnership between prevention research centers and practice-based research networks can enhance the translation of prevention research and public health practice, improving public health services and systems research and public health.

The Issue:
Public health faces fiscal and environmental challenges. To move public health services and public health services and systems research (PHSSR) and the field forward, this article argues that coordinated, synergistic partnerships are essential.

Key Findings

  • Prevention research centers (PRCs) offer more than 25 years of community-based prevention research, providing skills in applied prevention research on specific diseases or populations.

  • PBRNs are a rising leader in PHSSR, offering a testing ground for interventions in real-world public health settings.

Conclusion:
A partnership between PRCs and PBRNs can enhance the translation of prevention research and public health practice, improving PHSSR and public health.

About the Study:
This article builds on a recent special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine focused on a renewed national research agenda for PHSSR.