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J Phys Act Res. 2018;3(2):74-77. doi: 10.12691/jpar-3-2-2.

The Need for Local, Multidisciplinary Collaborations to Promote Advances in Physical Activity Research and Policy Change: The Creation of the Boston Physical Activity Resource Collaborative (BPARC).

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
2
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
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Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
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Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
6
College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
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Contributed equally

Abstract

This commentary describes the development, vision, and initial progress of the newly-founded Boston Physical Activity Resource Collaborative (BPARC). Our aims are to move the field of physical activity forward, with broader dissemination and translation, by creating a local Boston and Massachusetts hub for researchers, practitioners, advocates, and policymakers. Participants come from multiple academic and medical centers, local advocacy groups, and government agencies, all of whom are working on components of physical activity promotion. We have had initial success in collaborating on study design, methodology, and grant applications. Future endeavors aim to produce streamlined methods and products with maximal impact for the field of physical activity research, policy, and practice.

KEYWORDS:

collaboration; community; dissemination; physical activity; research

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