Public health services and systems research (PHSSR) is an emerging discipline that
examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services.
The objective of this descriptive study is to provide insight into the discipline's
growth by examining the researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who are engaged
in PHSSR and their expertise, sources of funding, collaboration patterns, productivity,
A 27-item online survey was conducted and analyzed in 2010. It targeted 2067 individuals
who had participated in PHSSR groups, meetings, and events since 2004. The response
rate was 41%. Descriptive statistics characterized demographics, expertise and mentoring,
funding, publication, and collaboration.
Half of the community members became involved in 2004 or after. More than 40% of the
community collaborates in some form. Challenges include knowledge distribution, an
agenda to secure ongoing funding, and translating research evidence to public health
A clear resource for the community is a nucleus of productive and engaged members
who foster its growth.