Across North America and in other parts of the world, there has been a growing Recognition that a large gap exists between public health knowledge generated through scientific discovery and its application in individual, community, organizational, and policy innovation. An academic-funder partnership sought to identify potential actions to improve the translation of public health Research to practice in Missouri. Concept mapping, a structured conceptualization process, was used to develop information to support a local action planning effort to improve Research translation to practice in Missouri. Nine conceptual clusters emerged: (1) provide education and training; (2) enhance capacity; (3) change incentives and accountability; (4) shift funding toward community needs; (5) support practice-based Research; (6) engage and collaborate with the community; (7) share knowledge; (8) engage influentials; and (9) sustain momentum; action plans were drafted to address priorities in each cluster. The project connected the ideas of a wide-ranging set of stakeholders, identified areas of high-level agreement among stakeholders, and supported shared agenda setting.
This article connects the ideas of a wide-ranging set of stakeholders, identifies areas of high-level agreement among stakeholders, and supports shared agenda setting.
Barbara Arrington, PhD, FACHE, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri. She is currently as a Professor and Dean with the College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.
James Kimmey, MD, MPH, is President and CEO, Missouri Foundation for Health, St Louis, Missouri.
Mikki Brewster, MSW, is Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Missouri Foundation for Health, St Louis, Missouri.
Judy Bentley, MSN, is President and CEO, Community Health-in-Partnership Services, St Louis, Missouri.
Mary Kane, MS, is President and CEO, Concept Systems, Inc, Ithaca, New York.
Catherine Van Brunschot, MSW, DipOB, is Senior Consultant, Concept Systems, Inc, Ithaca, New York.
Melissa Burns, MRP, is Client Services Consultant, Concept Systems, Inc, Ithaca, New York.
Kathleen Quinlan, PhD, is Senior Consultant and Director of Research, Concept Systems, Inc, Ithaca, New York.
Ross C. Brownson, PhD, is Professor and Director, Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.
Corresponding Author: Barbara Arrington, PhD, FACHE, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire, 217 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, Durham, NH 03824 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This project was funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The authors thank the participants who assisted in the concept mapping process and the action planning workshop; without their help this project would not have been possible. This project also Received assistance from the task force on Translation and Dissemination and the authors thank its members: Paula Ballew, Gene Carroll, Rebeka Cook, Kanak Gautam, Debra Haire-Joshu, Jenine Harris, Richard Kurz, Tim McBride, Nancy Mueller, Catherine Nolan, Margret O'Neall, Nancy Patton, Borsika Rabin, Darcy Scharff, Fernando Serrano, Chris Smith, William True, Nancy Weaver, Kristin Wilson, and Ricardo Wray.