Health IMPACTS for Florida

Does your physician participate in research? Imagine a future in which many physicians, perhaps most physicians, are actively engaged in developing new medical knowledge. Engaging a large number of physicians in practices across the state could improve our understanding of disease — direct information from physician offices would be coming to the research community. In return, participating physicians would have first-hand knowledge of the latest advances in medicine.

The University of Florida and Florida State University are partnering to develop such a future through Health IMPACTS for Florida, a UF-FSU Collaboration Integrating Medical Practice and Community-based Translational Science.

Health IMPACTS for Florida 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.

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 to support Health IMPACTS for Florida is provided by the New Florida Initiative of the State University System of Florida and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

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