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Research Connects with Practice

NWCPHP research is intended to have direct relevance to the day-to-day functions of the public health workforce. Because of this focus, NWCPHP researchers consult and work actively with their practice partners.

December 8, 2010

NWCPHP research is intended to have direct relevance to the day-to-day functions of the public health workforce. Because of this focus, NWCPHP researchers consult and work actively with their practice partners.

One of the formal mechanisms for gathering together NWCPHP researchers and practice partners is the NWCPHP Community Advisory Board (CAB). The most recent CAB meeting took place on November 15, 2010. At this meeting, researchers heard valuable practitioner perspectives on the topics of four research projects currently being conducted at NWCPHP.

Each of these four projects is focused on an aspect of emergency communication with vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. During the discussion, the questions researchers asked included:

How do we define Limited English Proficient communities?

What are priority areas for building text messaging systems in public health?

For which types of health messages and situations should we investigate use of texting?

When asked about the meeting, Beryl Schulman, PhD, coordinator for NWCPHP research, said, “We’re conducting exciting, multi-faceted, truly practice-based research. The board was very engaged and interested in the research, and actively contributed ideas about research priorities and the relevance of research findings.”

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