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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 213
Title: Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) White Paper on Applied Approaches to the
Lead Author: Livingood, William C.
Abstract: Complex and dynamic societal and community factors continue to challenge the capacity of social and behavioral sciences to overcome intractable health problems. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) endorses the strategic vision of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research to advance the social and behavioral sciences related to these challenges. SOPHE proposes, however, an additional priority to address the challenges: the development of applied approaches to the social and behavioral health sciences. The development of applied social and behavioral health sciences would constitute a fundamental change from the predominant science approach, which focuses on research that identifies universally applicable interventions that are then implemented by practitioners. This prevailing linear approach to social and behavioral sciences offers little promise for overcoming the persistent problems facing us today. An applied social and behavioral health sciences approach, similar to applied physical sciences such as engineering, would require a foundational and transformational change in our dichotomy of research and practice. It would also require the development of new disciplines of the science of application that are sensitive to the complexity, interactivity, and uniqueness of community, as well as modification of our health-related professional preparation programs to develop applied scientists.
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