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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice

December 2012, Volume 18 Number 6 , p 545 - 550

Authors

  • Kimberly J. Miner Gearin PhD
  • Allison M. Rick Thrash MPH
  • Renee Frauendienst BSN
  • Julie Myhre MS, RN, PHN
  • M. Elizabeth Gyllstrom PhD, MPH
  • William J. Riley PhD
  • Janelle Schroeder BSN, PHN

Abstract

Conclusions:This descriptive study illustrates that emerging practice-based research networks can successfully collaborate on small-scale research projects with immediate application for systems development. Study findings are being used by local public health officials to help articulate their role, aid in succession planning, and inform elected officials, who need to consider the public health implications of potential changes to local public health governance and organization. More studies are needed to refine measurement of authority and structure.

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