Category: Practice‐Based Research Networks

CT PBRN member selected as the Connecticut Public Health Association’s 2016 C.E.A. Winslow Award recipient

March 14th, 2016

Debbie L. Humphries, PhD, MPH, Yale School of Public Health and Member of the Connecticut PBRN, as well as part of the MA/CT DIREKTIVE team, has been selected as the C.E.A. Winslow Award, the Connecticut Public Health Association’s highest honor. This award recognizes a public health professional for demonstrated leadership and achievement in public health practice, research and/or education.

We offer our congratulations to Debbie, and look forward to our continued collaboration with her.


CT and MA Practice-Based Research Networks funded to study assess the impact of cross-jurisdictional service sharing arrangements

September 25th, 2014

The MA Public Health Regionalization Project is please to share with you the news that one of our partners, the Massachusetts Practice Based research Network (MA PBRN) is one of a handful of PBRNs across the country to be awarded funding to study the impact of cross-jurisdictional service sharing on several Public Health issues.  The purpose of practice-based research networks is to increase the development and translation of research findings that inform improvements in public health systems and health outcomes.

Read below for more information on the funding, as well as the specifics of the MA PBRN/CT PBRN joint project.  For the full press release, go to PBRN Funding Press release

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) —With $1.4 million of new research funding, Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) in 11 U.S. states will investigate strategies to more effectively and efficiently deliver services that protect the public against an array of preventable diseases and health risks.  

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, each award will provide up to $350,000 to support multi-state studies by a consortium of two or more Public Health PBRNs, which bring together multiple public health practice settings and research partners to conduct applied and comparative studies. Using standardized measures and methods previously developed by Public Health PBRNs, investigators will assess both the quality and the costs associated with alternative strategies for delivering public health services, in order to draw conclusions about their comparative effectiveness and value.

“Evidence-based practices and policies can promote a healthier nation, but how those practices and policies are put into place in real-world settings can greatly enhance or dilute their effectiveness,” said Coordinating Center Director Glen Mays. “This research will help us identify the best strategies for maximizing public health system contributions to our nation’s health.” 

The Connecticut and Massachusetts PBRNs will assess the impact of cross-jurisdictional service sharing arrangements on the implementation of evidence-based food inspections, enteric disease investigations, and obesity prevention services. Further, the project will systematically investigate the ways in which political priorities influence the implementation of these public health services.

About the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research:  The National Coordinating Center supports applied research that uncovers strategies for improving the organization, financing, and delivery of public health programs and policies, including ways of improving the health and economic impact of these activities. The Center designs and conducts research studies, provides technical assistance and direction for other researchers across the U.S., develops methodological advances in measurement and analysis, and accelerates the translation and dissemination of research findings for policy and practice stakeholders.  The Center is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the University of Kentucky.