Health IMPACTS for Florida is a unique collaboration between the University of Florida and Florida State University to facilitate community-based clinical research and improve health throughout the state. It combines the extensive clinical training network of FSU’s College of Medicine with the clinical research expertise of UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Community physicians can join Health IMPACTS for Florida to participate in clinical research projects and then utilize the knowledge gained to improve health in their communities. By facilitating this two-way exchange of data, Health IMPACTS for Florida aims to both enhance the state’s capacity for community-based clinical research and improve health care quality and outcomes for Floridians.
UF and FSU staff members live and work in the areas served by Health IMPACTS for Florida, allowing them to be responsive to participating practices as well as provide insight into the needs of their local communities.
For its first two research projects, Health IMPACTS for Florida is partnering with primary care practices in the Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Orlando areas to gather data related to concussion management and health risks for youth.
Initial funding for Health IMPACTS for Florida came from the State University System of Florida’s 2010 New Florida Initiative, which awarded Clustering Grants to develop the collaboration’s infrastructure and launch two pilot projects. Additional funding was obtained from the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program to expand the number of practices and geographic areas served.