Supporting and Enabling the Process of Innovation in Public Health: The Framework for Public Health Innovation. Academic Article uri icon


  • This manuscript introduces a new framework for creating innovations in public health-the Framework for Public Health Innovation. The framework was developed through a longitudinal qualitative research study that investigated the process of creating innovative adolescent health programs. Interviews were conducted with a national sample of 26 organizations over two time points. Data collection focused on the process of innovative program development; organizational capacity; training; and technical assistance needs, successes, and barriers. The framework was developed and modified based on interview findings and expert advice; then, the final framework was validated with content experts. The framework illustrates a dynamic process of innovation that begins with dissatisfaction with the status quo, and then, illustrates three necessary components for innovation-space, process, and partnerships. Four categories of innovation, which range in complexity, are proposed: (1) creating a new component to an existing program, (2) adapting an existing program to meet new needs, (3) taking an alternative approach to addressing an existing program, and (4) reframing a health problem from a new perspective. As illustrated by a feedback loop, the resulting innovations disrupt the status quo. This model can be applied to any content area in public health and is useful for both research and practitioners.

published proceedings

  • Int J Environ Res Public Health

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Garney, W. R., Wilson, K. L., Garcia, K. M., Muraleetharan, D., Esquivel, C. H., Spadine, M. N., Panjwani, S., & Ajayi, K. V.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Garney, Whitney R||Wilson, Kelly L||Garcia, Kristen M||Muraleetharan, Daenuka||Esquivel, Christi H||Spadine, Mandy N||Panjwani, Sonya||Ajayi, Kobi V

publication date

  • January 2022