The Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) creates a new Strategic Plan every three to five years. The Strategic Plan details the purpose of the network, our core values, our vision and the specific goals, and the strategies necessary to reach those goals. As part of strategic planning, the Steering Committee looked back to assess the progress made in achieving the goals of the last strategic plan. This brief report summarizes our goals and progress toward achieving them from 2013 to 2015.
Substantial progress was made in achieving the goals set by the WPHRN for 2013 to 2015.
What progress has been made?
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Goal 1. Increase the number of academic partners in the network
- Since 2013, network membership has increased significantly in all categories and includes public health practitioners, public health researchers, students, and others.
- Outreach has increased to both WPHA and WALHDAB through meetings, poster presentations, and website engagement.
- The network is continuing to work on recruitment of additional Champions to join Dr. Susan Zahner (UW-Madison) and Dr. John Meurer (Medical College of Wisconsin).
Goal 2. Increase dissemination and assess spread of findings
Status: Completed & Ongoing
- A library access factsheet was developed and a health-focused library resource webinar was conducted in collaboration with our partners.
- The webinar, Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Arrangements in Local Public Health (11/13/2015; CJSSA) was presented by Susan Zahner, DrPH, RN and Kusuma Madamala, PhD, MPH. The webinar recording and accompanying materials were posted on the website.
- Additional dissemination efforts such as posters and other research briefs from network-sponsored research findings and webinars can be found on the WPHRN website.
Goal 3. Increase amount of research
Status: Completed & Ongoing
- Network information was sent to Deans, Research Directors, and Student Services from nursing and public health programs. Faculty and students engaged in public health research were highly encouraged to use the network research questions.
- Two presentations were given to entering UW-Madison MPH students that included information about the WPHRN and the PRQs.
- New members are sent an email that includes a link to the WPHRN PRQs, found here.
- Funding opportunities and a link to the WPHRN PRQs are sent out monthly to members via an electronic mailing list.
- A fact sheet about funding opportunity updates was written and posted on the WPHRN website.
- The WPHRN PRQs were updated by surveying WPHRN members about PRQ relevance and importance to public health practice. Based on the survey data, PRQ categories were ranked in order of importance to improve public health in Wisconsin.
- These research projects were conducted: The Future of Teaching in Local Health Departments, Quality of Wisconsin’s Community Health Improvement Plans and Processes, Measuring Variation in the Integration of Primary Care and Public Health, Inter-Organizational Collaboration in Local Public Health Systems, and Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Arrangements in Local Public Health.
Goal 4. Grow funding to sustain network
- Four proposals were submitted to the RWJF; three were funded. Three Quick Strike proposals were submitted, but none were funded.
- Two WPHRN practice members requested calls for assistance from a primary investigator and both received assistance.
- Three WPHRN members, all from local health departments, inquired about project assistance or requested feedback. Network members were able to assist with each request.