The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3102.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 10:30 AM

Abstract #73923

Convening a public health systems research leadership forum

Hugh Tilson, MD, DrPH, Epidemiology and Health Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 261 Rosenau, CD# 7400, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, 919-966-9275,

A continuing concern of many in the public health community is that there is no professional group of peers dedicated to the issue of public health systems research. To this end, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council) has taken an active role promoting the need to build the evidence base for public health practice. Specifically, the Council developed a Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) agenda framework to prioritize research needs, convened an annual PHSR Leadership Forum meeting during the APHA annual meeting since 2001, convened funding organizations at a meeting in Washington D.C. to ensure that major funding organizations support the strengthening of PHSR, and worked with AcademyHealth to develop a PHSR Affiliate and convene its meeting annually as part of AcademyHealth’s main research meeting.

The recently published Institute of Medicine Report, “The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century,” echoed the growing need for PHSR by recommending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Council and other public health system partners, develop a research agenda and estimate the funding needed to build the evidence base that will guide policy making for public health practice.

The Forum has played a key role building political support for advancing PHSR. Building on this success, the purpose of reconvening the Forum is to bring public health leaders together to advance the PHSR recommendations set forth in the recently published IOM report and continue building momentum to develop a national PHSR agenda.

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Keywords: Public Health Research, Research Agenda

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

PHF Session I - Covening Public Health Systems Research Leadership Forum

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA