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ABSTRACT IMPACT: Effective healthcare interventions improve access, quality of care, and health outcomes for underserved, high-disparity populations of Los Angeles county and beyond. OBJECTIVES/GOALS: We will expand our successful, Los Angeles-based public-academic partnership to develop and evaluate health system interventions aimed at improving healthcare for underserved communities, as well as develop workforce skilled in healthcare delivery science. METHODS/STUDY POPULATION: Together with the LA County Department of Health Services, the two LA-based CTSA hubs at USC and UCLA have established critical infrastructure for effective cross-sector translational research: (1) New funding mechanisms to evaluate health system interventions in county hospitals and clinics in areas of mutual interest; (2) Specialized research service cores (Safety-net Health Innovation core, Clinical Research Informatics core, and Healthcare Delivery Science core), and (3) Training and mentorship programs tailored for healthcare delivery scientists. RESULTS/ANTICIPATED RESULTS: Outcomes from the first four years of the partnership include: (1) Significant impact on health outcomes from eight funded projects, e.g., lowered A1c levels by 0.9%; (2) Successful, coordinated service to dozens of research projects, e.g., a teleretinal screening program decreased ophthalmology visit wait times from 158 to 17 days; (3) New virtual coursework in seven domains (healthcare delivery science, dissemination and implementation science, systems engineering, behavioral economics, informatics, team science, and community engagement); (4) A published ‘synergy paper’ w/ CTSA hubs in three other urban cities examining common themes of academic-public partnerships; and (5) Rapid and streamlined COVID-19 research policy setting with county leadership. DISCUSSION/SIGNIFICANCE OF FINDINGS: Our sustainable infrastructure is effectively bridging research-policy-practice gaps in Los Angeles and addressing patients’ and the health system’s priorities.
A primary barrier to translation of clinical research discoveries into care delivery and population health is the lack of sustainable infrastructure bringing researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and communities together to reduce silos in knowledge and action. As National Institutes of Healthʼs (NIH) mechanism to advance translational research, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) awardees are uniquely positioned to bridge this gap. Delivering on this promise requires sustained collaboration and alignment between research institutions and public health and healthcare programs and services. We describe the collaboration of seven CTSA hubs with city, county, and state healthcare and public health organizations striving to realize this vision together. Partnership representatives convened monthly to identify key components, common and unique themes, and barriers in academic–public collaborations. All partnerships aligned the activities of the CTSA programs with the needs of the city/county/state partners, by sharing resources, responding to real-time policy questions and training needs, promoting best practices, and advancing community-engaged research, and dissemination and implementation science to narrow the knowledge-to-practice gap. Barriers included competing priorities, differing timelines, bureaucratic hurdles, and unstable funding. Academic–public health/health system partnerships represent a unique and underutilized model with potential to enhance community and population health.
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