The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research seeks to explore the impact of specific public health strategies on the quality and performance of the United States public health system. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, the Center offers grants for researchers, sponsors an annual conference for the discipline, and increases the availability of health data for use by researchers. Ultimately, the answers uncovered through this supported research will help practitioners and researchers to become more effective and productive in the mission to improve the health of the public.
The Public Health Practice–Based Research Networks (PBRN) Program is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports the development of research networks for studying the comparative effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of public health strategies in real-world practice settings. A PBRN brings public health agencies together with academic research partners to identify pressing research questions of interest, design rigorous and relevant studies, execute research effectively, and translate findings rapidly into practice. The National Coordinating Center for the Public Health PBRN Program, based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, provides resources and technical assistance to the networks for developing and operating research projects. The Coordinating Center also organizes cross-cutting and multi‐network research studies designed to evaluate and compare public health strategies implemented across diverse practice settings.