One Health, One Medicine, One Community Network
Medical and health research may begin at the molecular level, but eventually the lab data must intersect with the reality – how does it affect the lives of real patients? The answer is often complicated, and it depends on a multitude of variables, including not only the characteristics and resources of the individual patient, but those of his or her community, as well.
Because of this, finding out which individual and community resources have the biggest impacts on health outcomes is crucial to improving public health outcomes and increasing the success rate of integrating new therapies and groundbreaking medical research into patient care.
With the help of a Mizzou Advantage network grant, Dr. Karen Edison, director of MU’s Center for Health Policy, is built the Missouri Community Partnership to increase the flow of information between researchers, physicians, community agencies and patients.
The network formed is collections of statewide networks of more than 70 community leaders and MU researchers and extension specialists across the state. It’s led by an interdisciplinary team of MU researchers, with researchers from the School of Medicine, MU Extension, the School of Journalism and the College of Education.
Three Mizzou Advantage workshops were held in the fall and winter of 2010 to jumpstart network collaborations. Over sixty people, including representatives from the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, attended the workshops and CBPR (Community-Based Participatory Research) trainings.
Here’s a selection of some of the collaborations that came about from the workshops:
Putnam County Health Department and School of Medicine – partnered with the School of Medicine for a Missouri Foundation for Health grant.
Madison County Extension – is working with a multi-county collaborative (including local health departments, citizens and health care providers) to recruit physicians and open a new local hospital. MU School of Medicine and a Green County Extension office are now partnering to assist this effort.
MU Institute of Clinical and Translation Sciences (iCATs) – The Network was asked to provide community engagement infrastructure as a partner in the $20 million NIH clinical and translational sciences award (CTSA).
MU Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (HLI) – The Network is providing HLI communities with access to Community-Based Participatory Research training and identifying potential partnerships with MU faculty.
Health Communication Research Center (School of Journalism) – The HCRC at MU is providing ongoing support for the Network’s webpage and social networking technical assistance.
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