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Public Health Grand Rounds The Torchbearer

Practice-based Research to Improve the Public's Health

What is Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR)?

PHGR is a workforce development activity of the Academic Health Department. Since it began in 2011, we have refined it to more effectively connect practice needs with academic resources.

Year 1 (2011-2012). PHGR began as a series of 4 one-hour collaborative learning sessions intended to improve the public's health. Faculty presented an area of their research to health department and community practitioners with a goal of increasing knowledge and practice improvements. The majority of participants increased knowledge. A little over half reported they made a practice improvement. sharing

Year 2 (2012-2013). To increase relevancy to practitioners, PHGR now focuses on practice-based research to improve the public's health. Research questions initiate within the health department. Through Grand Rounds, faculty and practitioners refine the research questions and engage in the research process together. The goal is to complete and report at least one practice based research project per year.

Current Project: Understanding Women's Health Clinic No-Shows. A joint team of health department practitioners and faculty researchers are investigating why women are no-shows at the women's health clinic.

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Knox County Health Department Auditorium; 140 Dameron Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

Directions to the Auditorium/Community Room:

What public health practice-based research is important to you?

Suggest a PHGR practice-based research question or speaker by emailing Please include why you are interested in this plus names and contact information for presenter(s) you feel could adequately address the issue.

For videos of our past Grand Rounds presentations, please visit our channel on YouTube.

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