Tampa Bay Community Health Collaborative: Making Knowledge Matter

The Tampa Bay Community Health Collaborative (‘Tampa Collaborative’) supports an array of policy-relevant, stakeholder-engaged behavioral health projects spanning translational, clinical and services research and implementation science.  Based in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, the Collaborative includes academic faculty from multiple departments and disciplines as well as a wide range of community partners and collaborators.

A major emphasis of the Collaborative is the interface between crisis or emergency services and behavioral and community health, with active projects focused on suicide prevention and response, the role of emergency services in pathways to care for youth and families experiencing the recent onset of significant behavioral health problems, and the optimization of crisis response, referral and linkage.  We view behavioral health as a both a key indicator of, and influence on, community health and aspire to engage in work that not only shifts the well-being of individuals but also communities.

The Collaborative draws on a rich legacy of high impact, nationally recognized services and policy research at USF, and all faculty members also serve as affiliate faculty at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI).  For decades, FMHI has led the development, implementation and evaluation of exemplary mental health services throughout the state of Florida and across the United States.