The Consortium’s Structure
Community-based practices and large metropolitan health systems form the foundation of the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. Each practice participates in multiple roles within each study – serving to both implement new interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions through reporting and data sharing with the guiding academic institutions. Practice-level and network-level results are developed from these insights and guide the modification of these interventions at each practice.
The OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium provides enduring research infrastructure and serves as the umbrella organization for the OneFlorida Research Alliances, which focus on specific health areas. Each alliance establishes an executive committee responsible for general oversight and decision-making and identifies patient, community, scientific and stakeholder advisors to inform and support its work. OneFlorida alliances secure funding and facilitate multiple studies and projects to advance their research agendas while helping test, refine and expand the consortium’s research infrastructure. Alliances formed to date include the OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance, which was created and funded in 2014 by a Florida Department of Health grant to strengthen statewide infrastructure for reducing health disparities in diseases related to tobacco use, and the OneFlorida Heart Wellness and OneFlorida Dental Alliances, which are in development.
Research Infrastructure and Cores
The consortium is creating a series of infrastructure cores to integrate, align and expand resources and services available to facilitate clinical research across OneFlorida partners. Existing resources developed by OneFlorida partners include:
- a cooperative Institutional Review Board
- community research facilitators
- community engagement programs
- participant recruitment services, including a Consent2Share process
- information technology resources, including a collaborative portal and ResearchACTS software for study management,
- data collection and point-of-care interventions
- data analytics warehouse
- research training and education programs for clinicians, patients and caregivers a statewide biorepository capability.
Many of the resources were created by UF and FSU to facilitate the work of Health IMPACTS for Florida, the statewide practice-based research network created by the two universities in 2010.
The consortium is governed by the OneFlorida Executive Committee, which adopted a partnership governance model and includes representatives from all partners. The committee oversees the development and utilization of the consortium’s infrastructure cores as well as research alliances created among consortium partners. The committee is co-chaired by David R. Nelson, M.D., and Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D., of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.