Newsletter - April 2015

Articles

  1. Anderson ML1, Califf RM2, Sugarman J3; for the participants in the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory Cluster Randomized Trial Workshop.
    Clin Trials. 2015 Mar 1. pii: 1740774515571140. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Dumchev K1.
    Subst Use Misuse. 2015 Mar 16:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]

  3. Harvey G1, Kitson A2.
    Int J Health Policy Manag. 2015 Mar 5;4(3):123-6. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2015.54. eCollection 2015.

  4. Herrinton LJ1, Liu L2, Altschuler A3, Dell R4, Rabrenovich V5, Compton-Phillips AL6.
    Perm J. 2015 Mar 1. doi: 10.7812/TPP/14-118. [Epub ahead of print]

  5. Portela MC1, Pronovost PJ2, Woodcock T3, Carter P4, Dixon-Woods M4.
    BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Mar 25. pii: bmjqs-2014-003620. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003620. [Epub ahead of print]

Resource of the Month

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    The Implementation Network's Resource of the Month for April is the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT). The NCCMT is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in evidence-informed decision making to Canadian public health organizations. Jeannie Mackintosh, Communications Coordinator, has been kind enough to provide us with some information about this organization.

    1. What is the NCCMT?

    The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in evidence-informed decision making to Canadian public health organizations.

    We believe that using the best available evidence to inform public health practice and policy will strengthen and improve the public health system, ultimately leading to better health for all.

    Resources available from the NCCMT support the use of innovative, high quality, up-to-date methods and tools to put what works into practice and policy across all domains of public health.
     

    Click here to read the full interview with Jeannie Mackintosh of NCCMT.

General Announcements

  • On December 4, 2014, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held its 10th workshop in New York City. The workshop, titled “Achieving Meaningful Population Health Outcomes: A Workshop on Spread and Scale,” focused on the spread, scale, and sustainability of strategies to improve population health in a variety of contexts and sectors. The workshop explored: the different meanings of spread and scale; what could be learned about a variety of approaches to the spread and scale of ideas, practices, programs, and policies; how users measure whether their strategies of spread and scale were effective; and how to accelerate a focus on spread and scale strategies in population health.

    Click here to read the full report.


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    A new division of the American Psychological Association (APA) has been proposed to link psychologists interested in implementation science.  The four main goals of this division are to (1) join research and practice; (2) facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration; (3) improve knowledge dissemination through a new high-quality journal; and (4) offer professional development opportunities. 
     
    The steering committee is seeking the support of psychologists doing implementation-related work, such as implementing services in the community, researching implementation processes, conducting evaluations of programs, or creating measures/methods applicable this field.
     
    To support this Division, please consider signing the petition for Division status and encourage your colleagues to sign.  The petition is available on the APA website for direct electronic submission: http://forms.apa.org/division/petition/implementscience
     
    You can find more information here: http://www.societyforimplementationresearchcollaboration.org/apa-division/
     
    If you use social media, please follow us on Twitter (@APAISDiv) and like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/APAImpSci)!
     
    Sara J. Landes, PhD (sara.landes@va.gov)
    Cara Lewis, PhD (lewiscc@indiana.edu)
    Rinad Beidas, PhD
    Aaron Lyon, PhD (lyona@uw.edu)
    Bryan Weiner, PhD
    Lisa M. Hagermoser Sanetti, PhD
    Gregory Aarons, PhD (gaarons@ucsd.edu)
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    Problem to address
    We know that some clinical preventive services are not used enough, while others are overused and can be more harmful than beneficial. There is a need to understand how best to implement appropriate clinical preventive care.
     
    Purpose of the project
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded a one-year grant to establish a national research agenda on the implementation of appropriate use of clinical preventive services. This research agenda will be defined using a multi-step stakeholder engagement process that will provide, for the first time, a forum for dialogue among individuals with different perspectives about decreasing the overuse, under use, and inequitable use of clinical preventive services. The process will culminate in the creation and dissemination of a national agenda consensus statement.
     
    Why we’re inviting you to participate
    Because of your expertise and interests, we would value your insights about reducing ineffective practices and integrating evidence-based clinical preventive services.
     
    How to engage in the project
    There will be 3 phases to the research agenda-setting process:
    1.     Identifying gaps.  Pre-conference need-gap survey
    2.     Developing an agenda. In-person conference with national implementation experts in Denver, CO on
    May 28-29, 2015
    3.     Refining the agenda. Peer review via webinars and online crowdsourcing
    Register here to participate in any or all of these opportunities.
     
    We greatly value your participation and hope you will partner with us to develop a national research agenda about the implementation of appropriate clinical preventive services.
     
    Thank you,
    Elaine H. Morrato, DrPH MPH, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Therese Miller, DrPH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Russ Glasgow, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Russ Harris, MD MPH, University of North Carolina
    Allison Kempe, MD MPH, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    P. Michael Ho, MD PhD, Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care

Conferences


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    You can register now for the APA 5th Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children's Healthcare Research Conferenceto be held April 24, 2015 at the Hilton Bay Front Hotel in San Diego, CA.

    This conference will focus primarily on interactive sessions teaching participants study designs and research methods of high relevance to quality improvement and its evaluation. In addition, a key note speaker will talk about making the case for QI research. Participants will have the opportunity for breakfast with conference faculty. New this year is a closing plenary featuring the best of the abstracts submitted to the conference.

    Who Should Attend?
    Clinicians, Physicians, Nurses, Nurse practitioners, Epidemiologists, Educators, Public Health practitioners, Health Service researchers, Administrators, active pediatric investigators involved in QI research,, and QI professionals who are seeking to develop additional expertise in QI research methods to improve child health care and outcomes.

    Objectives:
    1. Implement appropriate state-of-the-art QI research methodologies in future QI work;
    2. Describe limitations of current methodologies and methods to address these limitations;
    3. Identify and name 3 new local, regional and national resources, contacts and collaborators for future QI research activities;
    4. Describe in detail at least one method for evaluating the effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention and utilize this information to facilitate change.

    Click here to register for the conference or read more information.

Webinars



  • Increasing CRC Screening Rates across Underserved Populations: Strategies, Collaborations and Opportunities

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
     
    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Yet CRC is 90% curable with timely detection and appropriate treatment of precancerous polyps; increased screening could reduce incidence by up to 50%. As part of our focus for CRC Awareness Month, our March cyber-seminar will examine two promising initiatives which are proving effective in increasing CRC screening rates.
                            
    Rates of CRC screening are extremely low in patients at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), which serve nearly 19 million patients annually. To address this disparity, the STOP CRC (Strategies and Opportunities to Stop Colorectal Cancer in Priority Populations) trial tests a culturally tailored, health care system–based program to improve CRC screening rates in the Oregon Community Health Information Network, a community-based collaborative network of more than 200 FQHCs. The study’s Principal Investigator, Gloria Coronado will discuss how the study’s results can provide information on how to use electronic health record resources to optimize guideline-based screening in FQHC clinics whose patient populations have disproportionately low CRC screening rates.
     
    Mary Doroshenk of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) will speak about “80% by 2018”. Over 200 organizations have committed to this shared goal to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem.  The Roundtable, a national coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations whose mission is to advance colorectal cancer control efforts by improving communication, coordination, and collaboration among health agencies, medical-professional organizations, and the public, leads this effort.  Mary Doroshenk will talk about the strategy for getting to 80% by 2018 and resources that are available to help organizations make this happen.
     
    We will also hear a brief update from Aubrey Villalobos, Director of Comprehensive Cancer Control at the George Washington Cancer Institute, on the newly released CRC Awareness Social Media toolkit. As always, part of the webinar will be dedicated to your questions. We look forward to you engaging with the presenters, and sharing your own experiences.
     
    Please click on the following link for more information and to register for this event: https://researchtoreality.cancer.gov/cyber-seminars/increasing-crc-screening-rates-across-underserved-populations-strategies-collaboratio.
     
     
  • NCI Advanced Topics in Implementation Science (IS) Research Webinar Series Use of theory in implementation research; The Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) framework: A phased and multilevel approach to implementation

    Join us for our next Advanced Topics in Dissemination & Implementation Research webinar hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences Implementation Science Team.

    On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET, Dr. Greg Aarons will present “Use of theory in implementation research; The Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) framework: A phased and multilevel approach to implementation”. In follow up to our January session, “Applying Models and Frameworks to D&I Research: An Overview & Analysis” we have developed a suite of webinars that will delve deeper into popular D&I frameworks, operationalization, and specific examples where they have been used. March’s seminar will introduce the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) framework and its application in a series of studies highlighting its use to guide data collection, analyses and its potential for syntheses and to guide tailoring of implementation strategies.

    The session will include approximately 35 minutes of discussion from our speaker and 25 minutes for engaged discussion and Q&A with the audience. Below are references that will provide good background and foundational knowledge for this topic—please review the article(s) and come with your questions and thoughts for discussion.

    Click here to view the archived webinar.


  • Thursday, April 2, 12:00pm ET
    QUERI Implementation Seminar
    CIFR Tools and Resources: Current and Future Plans
    by Laura Damschroder, MPH

    Within and outside VA, funders are demanding more focus on discovering how to successfully implement evidence-based programs so that Veterans and patients can actually benefit from them. The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), a pragmatic and theory-based framework, is being used to help guide an increasing number of implementations and studies. This CyberSeminar will provide an overview of tools and supports that have been developed and are planned for researchers and practitioners.

    Target audience: individuals engaged in implementation or implementation research.

    Click here to view the archived webinar.

  • Webinar: Dissemination and Implementation: Tips for Successful Grant Applications, Wed May 13 noon EST

    The Society for Medical Decision Making is sponsoring a webinar entitled, ‘Dissemination and Implementation: Tips for Successful Grant Applications,’ which will be held on Wednesday, May 13 from noon-1:30 pm Eastern Time. Speakers will share their expertise and provide pointers on everything from developing dissemination and implementation research to completing the dissemination and implementation sections of your next grant application. Speakers include: Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw, Dr. Rachel Tabak, Dr. Sharon Straus, Dr. Christina R. Studts.

    Registration is free but is limited and must be submitted no later than May 1.

    For more information: http://smdm.org/news/detail/smdm-dissemination-and-implementation-webinar

    To register: http://goo.gl/forms/kcGFSMU8De

Job Opportunities



  • The Department of Community and Behavioral Health, in partnership with the Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, seeks to hire an expert in Qualitative Methods for a position as Associate Professor. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of external funding and mentorship in addition to demonstrated expertise in qualitative methods. The position is located within a very dynamic environment of health researchers and clinician-scholars.

    More information about the position and instructions on how to apply are available at https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/97136. 

Training Opportunities


  • 2015 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)


    July 26-31, 2015
    Pasadena, CA

     
    Applications now being accepted through April 10, 2015
    One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and healthcare and what actually gets implemented in every day practice. The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how to best ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice.

    Institute Goals
    Kaiser Permanente and the Cancer Research Network, with support from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting this 5-day training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health across all areas of health and healthcare. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation and evaluation approaches to D&I, creating partnerships and multi-level, transdisciplinary research teams, research design, methods and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations and conducting research at different and multiple levels of interventions (e.g., clinical, community, policy). The training is open to researchers with interests in studying D&I across health care, public health and community settings.

    For more information and instructions for how to apply, please visit our webpage: https://www.regonline.com/TIDIRH2015
  • Stuck with your large-scale change effort or looking for some help to take it to the next level of awesome? The Billions Institute is offering a training for current and aspiring leaders of large-scale change to master the strategy, tactics, and skills necessary for leading massive change.

    Appropriate for foundation and non-profit executives, program directors, and social entrepreneurs, the all-star faculty includes Billions Institute co-founders Becky Margiotta and Joe McCannon, Christine Margiotta, and NY Times best-selling authors Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks and Dan Heath. Training will take place May 18th - 22nd in Los Angeles. 

    Applications are due April 15th. 

    Learn more or apply here: http://www.billionsinstitute.org/skidrowschool/

Current Funding Opportunities


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    The Donaghue Foundation is announcing three grant programs being offered this year. Each program underscores the Foundation's purpose of funding medical research that promotes knowledge of practical benefit to improve health, but each has a different purpose and eligibility criteria.
     
    Another Look: Better Health for Elders in Care Facilities
    The goal of this program is to provide funding for research focused on improving the quality of care and quality of life for the elderly population in nursing homes or other care facilities. New data collection will not be funded through this program.  Researchers applying for this grant must identify a stakeholder in the care delivery or policy arena with whom they will either consult or collaborate and who is willing to work with the researcher to develop a research product that may readily be used to create better health for elders. 
     
    Eligibility: This program is open to investigators at tax-exempt institutions in the six New England states, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
    Funding amount: Donaghue expects to invest $1,000,000 (including a 10% indirect rate) to fund eight or nine projects. 
    Grant duration: Up to 24 months.
    Due dates: Letters of intent are due May 1, 2015; requested applications are due July 15, 2015.
     
    For more information, please see detailed letter of intent and application guidelines.
     
     
    Greater Value Portfolio
    This is a new grant award program for the purpose of developing and testing new approaches to amplify the benefits of medical research and effective healthcare delivery to more people at an equivalent or reduced cost. The goal of this program is to spur new approaches that will bring greater value to healthcare delivery in the United States. Investigators conducting research within the following areas are encouraged to submit a letter of intent:
    •  Improving efficiency in clinical treatment processes
    •  Engaging consumers in a better understanding of value as they make their own healthcare decisions
    •  Engaging providers and health systems in new methods to assess the value of their services and work to improve them
    •  Extending the benefit of effective prevention or treatment programs to more people without significantly higher expenditures
    •  Demonstrating strategies for how social services and healthcare agencies can work together to improve population health at an equivalent overall cost and therefore bring greater value to the public sector
    •  Demonstrating strategies to discover, highlight and resolve structural dysfunctions or inefficiencies between healthcare settings
    •  Developing methods to measure value in healthcare
     
    Eligibility: This program is open to investigators at tax-exempt research institutions in the United States.
    Funding amount: Donaghue plans to fund three projects with a maximum of $600,000 per award plus a 10% indirect rate in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for a total of nine projects and $5,940,000.
    Grant duration: Investigator may choose either a three, four or five year project.
    Due dates: Letters of intent are due May 15, 2015; requested applications are due July 30, 2015.
     
    For more information, please see program announcement and letter of intent requirements.
     
     
    R3 - Making Research Relevant and Ready
    For the third year, this program recognizes that expertise from disciplines outside those traditionally eligible for research funding is needed for scaling, dissemination, and sustainability of evidence-based programs and practices.  It is our goal to provide researchers with financial support to access those experts, thus better positioning the health interventions to grow and be sustained following the completion of the research phase.
     
    Eligibility: This program is open to current or former Donaghue grantees or grantees in programs sponsored by the Donaghue Foundation
    Funding amount: Donaghue hopes to fund four projects at $50,000 per project plus a 10% indirect rate.
    Grant duration: Up to 18 months.
    Due dates: Letters of intent are due April 22, 2015; requested applications are due June 15, 2015.
     
    For more information, please see letter of intent and application requirements.
     
    If you have any questions about any of the above grant opportunities or need any additional information, you can contact Stacy Cloud, Grants Administrator at cloud@donaghue.org or (860)521-9011.