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Working With Communities to Translate Research Into Practice

Scharff, Darcell P. PhD; Mathews, Katherine MD, MPH

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: March-April 2008 - Volume 14 - Issue 2 - p 94–98
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000311885.60509.61

This commentary describes the importance of community engagement throughout the translation and dissemination process, strategies for increasing it, and the steps that need to occur so that community participation is Recognized and utilized.

Darcell P. Scharff, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Katherine Mathews, MD, MPH, is Chief Medical Officer, St Louis ConnectCare, St Louis, Missouri. She is also an associate professor in Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine, Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia.

Corresponding Author: Darcell Scharff, PhD, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, Salus Center, 3545 Lafayette Ave, St Louis, MO 63104 (

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.