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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 224
Title: White Paper Encouraging an Agenda for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences to Advance Measurement Serving Community Based Research
Lead Author: Kleinman, Lawrence C.
Abstract: The evaluation and assessment of community health and of interventions designed to improve it are critical for informed health planning and policy-making. In recognition of the importance of communities to the nations health, the NIH has identified community engagement as a core component of its Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). Social, behavioral, and economic scientists should collaborate with community researchers to enhance the conceptualization and measurement of community health, the mechanisms and outcomes of interventions designed to improve health, and the impact of local contexts on both communities and outcomes. Critical goals include: 1) develop theories to describe the impact of simple and complex interventions in communities; 2) standardize and promote measurement of context variables so that relevant local factors are measured and accounted for; 3) develop an understanding of how to employ existing data regarding context to enhance our capacity to generalize beyond local communities; and 4) identify factors and metrics needed for the design of studies in which communities are randomized with appropriate measurement and statistical control of key confounders at the community level. The development of community health research as an applied translational science needs the focus of social, behavioral, and economic scientists. The public health depends upon it.
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