142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Turning Research into Policy and Practice: A Home Visiting Research Network

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Kay O'Neill, MSPH , Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Anne Duggan, ScD , Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Jon Korfmacher, PhD , Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL
Cynthia S. Minkovitz, MD, MPP , Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Mark Chaffin, PhD , Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Home visiting (HV) plays a growing role in the early childhood system of care, spurred by unprecedented investment in evidence-based HV through the ACA’s Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Now, stakeholders must decide how to adopt, adapt, coordinate and take evidence-based HV models to scale. They need a theory-based research infrastructure reflecting their perspectives and needs.   

The public-private Home Visiting Research Network (HVRN) develops that infrastructure via three strategies:  1) defining the national HV translational research agenda; 2) using innovative methods to carry out the agenda; and 3) supporting the development of HV researchers. This presentation reviews accomplishments and opportunities.

Research Agenda:  HVRN consulted experts and surveyed 1780 HV stakeholders to identify HV research priorities. We will share the agenda’s 10 priorities, compare stakeholder perspectives, and show how the priorities align with research funding streams. Innovative Methods:  HVRN is building a national, trans-model practice-based research network to design, conduct and use the results of priority-driven research. Its Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) engages local programs far beyond merely serving as study sites.  HARC member-sites collaborate in specifying research questions and methods, and in interpreting and translating results. We will describe HARC’s member sites (currently >500) and studies, using details from one study to illustrate HARC’s approach. Professional Development: HVRN mentors early career research scholars and convenes researchers and research users in methods areas tied to research priorities. We will describe the scholars’ experiences and HVRN activities to build researcher/community capacity for HV research using administrative data.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the objectives of the Home Visiting Research Network. Explain how the Home Visiting Research Network is using a practice-based research network to engage local home visiting programs, networks and researchers. Assess the research currently being performed by the practice-based research network.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Senior Coordinator of the Home Visiting Research Network. I have been intimately involved with the development of this network since the original grant proposal was submitted. I coordinate all aspects of the project and manage the work carried out on all the objectives described in the abstract.
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.