207325 Improving the Health of Communities Through Public Health Systems and Services Research

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 1:30 PM

Tourette A. Jackson, MPH , Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
The nation has seen an awakening to the important role the public health system plays in improving the nation's health status and in assuring that the public is protected from potential health problems. The release of two Institute of Medicine reports on the future of public health prompted a major examination of and investment in the nation's public health system infrastructure. Efforts to improve and develop the nation's public health system prompted many organizations and agencies to undertake new and significant initiatives designed to impact community health status through twin goals: community health improvement and protection.

As outlined in the goals of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program, it is crucial that public health practitioners encourage further development of the evidence base of Public Health and Public Health Systems & Services Research (PHSSR). The Center for PHSSR is designed to facilitate the efforts of the PHSSR community. Establishing a knowledge base will allow researchers to optimize the use of scarce resources to support the development, evaluation, and improvement the of the public health system's organization, financing, and delivery of services in the nation's communities.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Descibe Public Health Systems and Services Research (2) Decribe the University of Kentucky Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research

Keywords: Public Health Research, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Master of Public Health degree, current Doctor of Public Health Student, Mini Grantee Coordinator
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.