Research ReportsThe Power of Academic-Practitioner Collaboration to Enhance Science and Practice Integration: Injury and Violence Prevention Case StudiesSmith, L. Shakiyla EdD, MPH; Wilkins, Natalie PhD; Marshall, Stephen W. PhD; Dellapenna, Alan MPH; Pressley, Joyce C. PhD, MPH; Bauer, Michael MS; South, Eugenia C. MD, MS; Green, KeithAuthor Information National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia (Drs Smith and Wilkins); Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Dr Marshall); Injury Prevention Research Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Dr Marshall); Head, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Chronic Disease and Injury Section, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, North Carolina (Mr Dellapenna); Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York (Dr Pressley); Outreach Core, Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, New York, New York (Dr Pressley); Epidemiology and Surveillance, Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York (Mr Bauer); Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Dr South); and Philadelphia Land Care Program, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Mr Green). Correspondence: L. Shakiyla Smith, EdD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop F-62, Atlanta, GA 30341 ([email protected]; [email protected]). The Penn Injury Science Center, the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, and the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center are partly supported by Injury Control and Research Center grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control under award numbers R49CE002096, R49CE002479, and R49CE002474, respectively. The programs of the Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, New York State Department of Health, and the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, are partly supported by Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control under award numbers NU17CE924845 and NU17CE924847, respectively. Additional funding for the projects mentioned in the manuscript include the following: Penn Injury Science Center: Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Pilot Grant, National Institutes of Health (5R01AA020331-04).The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January/February 2018 - Volume 24 - Issue - p S67-S74 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000675 Buy Metrics Abstract One of the most substantial challenges facing the field of injury and violence prevention is bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and its real-world application to achieve population-level impact. Much synergy is gained when academic and practice communities collaborate; however, a number of barriers prevent better integration of science and practice. This article presents 3 examples of academic-practitioner collaborations, their approaches to working together to address injury and violence issues, and emerging indications of the impact on integrating research and practice. The examples fall along the spectrum of engagement with nonacademic partners as coinvestigators and knowledge producers. They also highlight the benefits of academic-community partnerships and the engaged scholarship model under which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–funded Injury Control Research Centers operate to address the research-to-practice and practice-to-research gap. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.