What is Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR)?
The COPHPBRN is currently focused on research in an area called Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR). This research is somewhat based in health systems research, but rather than examining the health care system, it looks at the public health system.
Generally, PHSSR includes topics such as:
- Organization and Structure
- Finance and Funding
- Technology Use
- Data and Methods
- Management of Public Health Services
This is a relatively new area of study in the public health arena. The Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, housed at the University of Kentucky, describes PHSSR and details the work of PHSSR researchers across the US on its website.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supports PHSSR work in a variety of ways. Here, RWJF describes the importance of PHSSR in the future of public health practice.
A PHSSR Research Agenda
In 2006, CDC officials published an article in the American Journal of Public Health detailing a recommended research agenda in PHSSR. A collaborative process with the major national public health organizations and leading PHSSR researchers determined these early research needs.
In 2011, RWJF and partners embarked on the development of an even more robust and detailed research agenda. COPHPBRN members participated in the vetting and idea generation for this agenda.