The AcademyHealth PHSR Interest Group has more than 3,000 individuals - including researchers, students, public health practitioners, federal agency staff, and policymakers - shares an interest in exploring and enhancing the U.S. public health system by formulating, translating, and applying the PHSR evidence base.
AcademyHealth’s public and population health portfolio offers training, scholarships and resources for researchers, facilitates connections with policymakers, and stimulates discussions around the challenges and opportunities faced by the evolving public health system – from organization and financing to delivery and impact. Recent published reports on critical public health systems issues include evaluating complex health services interventions and improving population health via rural public health systems. Collaborating with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) to build a culture of health, the team works to connect the public health community with other sectors influencing health such as housing, transportation, environmental and social justice organizations. Supported by RWJF and the Kresge Foundation, the team also hosts the 3,000-member Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) interest group and leads initiatives aimed at exploring and enhancing the U.S. public health system by formulating, translating, and applying evidence to public health policy and practice. In support of the field, AcademyHealth hosts two scholarship programs - one to encourage collaboration between systems scientists and health services researchers and another which provides policy training for emerging community health leaders – and a community of practice using electronic health data for public and population health.
2017 PHSR Annual Meeting
New Orleans | June 24, 2017
The AcademyHealth PHSR Interest Group (PHSRIG) has more than 3,000 individuals - including researchers, students, public health practitioners, federal agency staff, and policymakers. The PHSRIG meeting offers researchers the opportunity to disseminate their findings and provides policymakers and practitioners with information to make sound decisions to improve public health systems and practice.
2016 PHSR Annual Meeting
Boston | June 25, 2016
2013 PHSR Annual Meeting
Baltimore | June 25-26, 2013
Translation and Dissemination Workshop
Baltimore | June 26, 2013
2013 PHSR Interest Group Policy Breakfast
Washington, D.C. | February 5, 2013
Reports & Publications
Toward the Future of PHSR
AcademyHealth commissioned four discussion papers for the 15th Annual Public Health Systems Research Meeting to invigorate the field of Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) and spotlight promising ideas. PHSR is a field of study that examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services within communities, and the impact of these services on public health. The papers draw on the authors’ experiences and perspectives on the changing public health system and offers their insights to the PHSR community. Learn more about the Interest Group.
Evaluating Complex Health Services Interventions: Challenges, Goals, and Proposals for Progress
AcademyHelath hosted a meeting on Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions, to learn from policymakers, advocacy groups, research funders, and researchers how to strengthen the evidence base on which policy can rest. The goals of the meeting were to understand current obstacles to evaluating policies and complex interventions and to chart a path to achieving both rigor and relevance in future research.
Rural Public Health Systems: Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Population Health
The nation’s sharp focus on population health and the reform of health care systems underscores the need for developing a sound understanding of the current role of local health departments in rural communities and how they adapt to shifts in national policy. The research synthesis presented here reviews published scientific articles and selected grey literature specific to rural public health systems and local health departments. It represents a compendium of the existing body of knowledge on this subject.
Training & Resources
Navigating the Translation and Dissemination of PHSSR Findings: A Decision Guide for Researchers
At each stage of the research process, specific steps can increase the likelihood that findings will be implemented into policy and public health practice. This guide provides case studies, key crosscutting themes, and resources for researchers to use to ensure that their findings are relevant, usable, and easily accessible. The guide is also available as an online module here.
Writing Articles for Peer-Review Publications: A Quick Reference Guide for PHSSR
This quick reference provides a broad overview of the writing process; guidelines for determining the type of article to write; considerations for choosing a journal and submitting the article; and links to several comprehensive resources for researchers seeking to publish Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) in peer-reviewed literature.
Informing with Evidence: When to Disseminate during the Federal Budget Cycle
The timeline that follows depicts the key steps in the budget and appropriations process, as well as entry points for researchers and advocates to educate policymakers.
The Changing Health Department I: Multisectoral Partnerships
This webinar detailed a unique and longstanding multi-sectoral partnership to address asthma and poor housing conditions in Boston. It described program, policy and systems change strategies that have improved multifamily housing and ensured that residents with asthma have access to healthier home environments.
Fireside Chat 3: The Budget Process: The Role of the White House
During our third and final “fireside chat”, we spoke with Tricia Schmitt, Senior Program Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about how she makes budgetary decisions amid fiscal and political constraints, where she turns for evidence, and what knowledge gaps remain.
Fireside Chat 2: The Budget Process
The second of three “fireside chats” was an informal talk with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Senior Advisor and Director in the Appropriations, Legislation and Formulation Office about how she makes budgetary decisions amid fiscal and political constraints, where she turns for evidence, and what knowledge gaps remain.
Fireside Chat I: The Appropriations Process
The first of three “fireside chats” was an informal talk with congressional staff about how they and the elected official they represent make funding decisions amid fiscal and political constraints, where they turn for evidence, and what knowledge gaps remain.
Pilots & Programs
The purpose of this scholarship is to introduce systems science methods to the health services research (HSR) community. In particular, the scholarship seeks to foster collaboration between the scholars and those in HSR who are investigating systems-level challenges related to public health.
The Population Health Community of Practice (PopCop) addresses the shared opportunities and challenges of using electronic health data for public and population health. PopCop supports the efforts of local and state public health agencies to use and enhance the value of their data and improve the health of the populations they serve.