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

Robin C. Vanderpool, Ross C. Brownson, Glen P. Mays, Richard A. Crosby, Stephen W. Wyatt
2013 American Journal of Preventive Medicine  
Strategic collaborations are essential in moving public health research and practice forward 1 , particularly in light of escalating fiscal and environmental challenges facing the public health community. This commentary provides background and context for an emerging partnership between two national networks, Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) and Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs), to impact public health practice. Supported by CDC, PRCs are celebrating over 25 years of
more » ... nsdisciplinary applied prevention research grounded in community and stakeholder engagement. Public Health PBRNs, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, conduct innovative public health services and systems research with public health agencies and community partners to improve public health decision-making. By utilizing each of the networks' respective strengths and resources, collaborative ventures between PRCs and Public Health PBRNs can enhance the translation of applied prevention research to evidencebased practice and empirically investigate novel public health practices developed in the field.
doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2013.08.010 pmid:24237918 pmcid:PMC4344118 fatcat:e3r2z3xr7rekja5bm7vpdy62c4