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Anna Goodman Hoover

(Summer 2013) University of Kentucky

                                                                                         
Hoover Named Coordinating Center Deputy Director, Stakeholder Engagement Leader

On September 1st, Dr. Anna Hoover, University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) Research Translation Core (RTC) co-leader, was named deputy director and Stakeholder Engagement and Translation Core leader of the newly-merged National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research and Practice-Based Research Networks, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The merged Coordinating Center manages two separate but complementary RWJF programs that coordinate research funding opportunities, provide technical assistance, and facilitate partner-driven activities at the national level for improving public health policy and practice. The Public Health Services and Systems Research Program examines questions related to the financing, organization, and delivery of public health services and how those factors translate to population health; the Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program leverages academic-practitioner partnerships to explore the impact of specific public health strategies on the quality and performance of the United States public health system.

As deputy director of the new center, Dr. Hoover oversees the day-to-day operations of each of these programs. As leader of the Stakeholder Engagement and Translation Core, she directs activities related to translating emerging research findings for key audiences and facilitating dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Dr. Hoover, who has worked with the UK-SRC for eight years, formerly served as deputy director of the Public Health PBRN National Coordinating Center and as communications director of both the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment. A communication scientist, she currently focuses her own research on identifying ways of maximizing the implementation of evidence-based public health policies and practices, particularly through the inclusion of participatory communication processes in dissemination design.

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