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This study provides a formal review of eight of the most commonly cited models, frameworks, and approaches to translational research in public health. Translational research is defined as the process of moving scientific and other innovations into widespread use, and the authors suggest that such activities culminate in the use of proven practices to solve societal problems. Three critical subprocesses inherent in translational research are described: (a) knowledge generation, (b) translation, and (c) widespread implementation of proven practices. Implications for translational research professionals and organizations, mostly related to public health innovation and promotion of evidence-based practices, are discussed.


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  • Alternative title
    • Common Models in Translational Research

  • Journal title
    • Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

  • Volume
    • 13

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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    • Acknowledgements:

      The authors would like to thank Joe Antonides, Emily Baker, Beth Crawford, Ash Faulkner, Jessica Hurtt, Sara Owens, Cynthia Preston, Kapil Vasudev, Sandy Reed and student consultants from the Data Access and Analysis Core, Office of Research, Innovation, and Collaboration at The Ohio State University for their assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.