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Health IMPACTS for Florida

A UF-FSU Collaboration Integrating Medical Practice and Community-based Translational Science

Health IMPACTS for Florida was a research effort that combined Florida State’s strength in community-based medical education with UF’s expertise in clinical and translational science research. The statewide network of facilities affiliated with the two universities connects local communities with teams of clinical scientists, physicians and physicians-in-training, creating new opportunities to conduct clinical and public health research. In addition to benefiting the state’s 19 million residents, the universities created new opportunities and advances for physicians, scientists and medical students while exploring the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

The FSU College of Medicine has an established network of more than 2,300 community physicians across the state who provide care for more than 2 million Florida residents. This research initiative presented opportunities for affiliated physicians to participate in projects that are of potential benefit to their current and future patients.

University of Florida resources benefiting Health IMPACTS for Florida include the experience and expertise of researchers in UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and biomedical informatics that enabled researchers to formulate sound protocols for collection and analysis of vast amounts of health data relating to the entire state or to subsets of the population. The CTSI integrates the research training activities of twelve colleges, two clinical campuses, two regional healthcare systems and connections in all of Florida’s sixty-seven counties.

This collaboration began with funding through a joint $600,000 grant from the State University System of Florida Board of Governors to Florida State University and the University of Florida. The award, under the New Florida 2010 Scholar’s Clustering Grant Program, aimed to foster collaborations among state institutions in the areas of health, science and engineering. It was part of a broader program to engage the state university system in the creation of high-skill, high-wage, knowledge-based employment opportunities.

With the addition of the University of Miami to the UF and FSU collaboration, Health IMPACTS for Florida has grown to become the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, which brings the benefits of health care research to all of Florida’s 67 counties. The consortium unites researchers, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders to work to address some of Florida’s biggest health challenges right where Floridians receive care: in clinics and hospitals around the state.

Drean FogertyWorking with physicians in the community setting will provide new and invaluable research opportunities where the majority of patients get health care in Florida. This is a great opportunity to center our research on patients, taking medical advances from the laboratory into the community, where we can have a direct impact on health outcomes for our state’s residents.

- John P. Fogarty, M.D., Dean, Florida State University College of Medicine

 

Dr. HurtWith an established research infrastructure, we will be in position to help attract even more research dollars to the state and help address a slate of other health issues.

- Myra Hurt, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs, Florida State University College of Medicine

 

Dr, HurtThis new program, grant and FSU partnership accelerates our commitment to move medical advances from university laboratories into Florida communities, making positive and lasting differences in the lives of the people of Florida.

- Michael Good, M.D., Dean, University of Florida College of Medicine