Newsletter - October 2014

Articles

  1. Clay-Williams R, Nosrati H, Cunningham FC, Hillman K, Braithwaite J.
    BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Sep 3;14(1):369. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Gagliardi AR, Webster F, Perrier L, Bell M, Straus S.
    Implement Sci. 2014 Sep 25;9(1):122. [Epub ahead of print]

  3. Jacobs JA, Duggan K, Erwin P, Smith C, Borawski E, Compton J, D Ambrosio L, Frank SH, Frazier-Kouassi S, Hannon PA, Leeman J, Mainor A, Brownson RC.
    Implement Sci. 2014 Sep 24;9(1):124. [Epub ahead of print]

  4. Keown OP1, Parston G2, Patel H3, Rennie F4, Saoud F5, Al Kuwari H6, Darzi A7.
    Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Sep 1;33(9):1516-22. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0382.

  5. Martinez RG1, Lewis CC, Weiner BJ.
    Implement Sci. 2014 Sep 4;9:118. doi: 10.1186/s13012-014-0118-8.

  6. Salter KL, Kothari A.
    Implement Sci. 2014 Sep 5;9(1):115. [Epub ahead of print]

Resource of the Month

  • The Implementation Network's Resource of the Month for October is Washington University at St.Louis' Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Science Research in Cancer. The MT-DIRC will be a week-long summer training program on D&I research. The 2015 MT-DIRC cohort will have on-site training June 1-5, 2015, and again June 6-10, 2016, at Washington University in St. Louis. Maggie Padek, the Program Coordinator, provides more information here.

    Applications for the 2015-2016 institute will be available on October 31, 2014.

Webinars

  • Engaging Underserved Communities in Clinical Trial Recruitment

    October 21, 2014 2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

    Clinical trials are a critical resource for the discovery and development of better prevention, diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer. Many of today’s most effective prevention and treatment modalities are based upon previous clinical trial results.

    People with low income, the elderly, racial/ethnic minorities, women and those who live in rural areas represent the smallest percentage of clinical trial participants. Unfortunately these same populations also bear a disproportionate burden of disease.  Without adequate representation of these populations in clinical trials, researchers cannot learn about potential differences among groups and ensure the generalizability of results to the entire U.S. population. For clinical trials to be useful to all populations, individuals from all backgrounds, racial/ethnic groups, ages and locations need to participate.

    Our October R2R cyber-seminar will examine the issue of increasing the participation of racial/ethnic and other underrepresented groups in clinical trials. We are delighted to welcome Army of Women Research Director Leah Wilcox Eshraghi and Jennifer Ivanovich with the University of Washington to discuss their efforts and involvement with clinical trial accrual and under-represented populations and contributions to scientific research through and with community participation.  

    Please click on the following link for more information and to register for this event: https://researchtoreality.cancer.gov/cyber-seminars/engaging-underserved-communities-clinical-trial-recruitment.


  • We will present findings from a national analysis of facilitators and barriers and their association with the clinic-level extent of PACT implementation. Using analysis of the 2012 VHA Primary Care Personnel Survey we will discuss which facilitators and barriers exhibit the strongest associations with PACT implementation in the ongoing effort to better support the providers and staff implementing this new model of care. Information about what resources front-line providers and other primary care personnel find helpful is useful for prioritizing future investments in programs intended to support implementation of PACT-like models. 

    Register here. 

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    Pragmatic randomized controlled trials reliably work out which of several healthcare interventions works best under real-world conditions.

    The course begins February 15, 2015.

    For more information or to register, click here.
     
  • About this Course

    We all agree that quality is important – but what is it? How do we define it? How do we measure it? And most importantly, how might we make it better? In this course, you will learn:

    •  The importance of focusing on quality for improving population health
    • A framework for understanding healthcare quality
    • Approaches to quality measurement
    • The role of information and communication technology in quality improvement
    • Tools and contextual knowledge for quality improvement

    The course is designed for those who care about health and healthcare and wish to learn more about how to measure and improve care – for themselves, for their institutions, or for their countries. Each session will be interactive – and provide concrete tools that students can use. We will empower you to raise questions, have concrete solutions, and promote change.

    For more information click here.


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    On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT, we are pleased to have Drs. Green and Gold join us for a reprisal of their engaging presentation and discussion from this year’s Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH). Fidelity and Adaptation relate to the manner in which the evidence from a research study is brought to practice. There is fidelity if the program is implementation very similar to how it was originally designed and there is adaptation when there are changes made to the process and content of the program to fit to a particular context. In most cases, contextual factors can influence the ability to maintain fidelity as well as the need for adaptation. In this session, these concepts will be discussed in depth with examples.

    Click here to access the archived webinar.

Job Opportunities

  • The Department of Global and Community Health in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University seeks two full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, state-funded, tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at the rank of assistant or associate professor with expertise in one or more broad areas related to public health with a research focus in the social and behavioral sciences, beginning August 2015.

    For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F7246z at https://jobs.gmu.edu. Applications must include: (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications, research directions, and teaching interests; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for three references.  Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2014, and continue until the positions are filled.  Only complete electronic applications will be considered.
     
    Please send email inquiries or nominations to Dr. Ali Weinstein, Search Committee Chair at aweinst2@gmu.edu, or to Dr. Robert M. Weiler, Chair, Department of Community and Global Health at rweiler@gmu.edu.
  • The College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University seeks candidates for 5-6 tenure system faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor levels with an established research record of NIH or related federal (i.e., PCORI, AHRQ, CDC, DoD, etc.) funding and peer-reviewed journal articles to help build a new academic program of public health in a community with significant public health needs. We are seeking researchers who are (preferred) or soon will be R01-level principal investigators, who have a commitment to the welfare of underserved populations and communities. Our goal is to build a strong, energetic cohort of public health researchers who are dedicated to academic excellence and to research that improves the health and well-being of the communities around them. A generous endowment allows us to make highly competitive offers to investigators who can bring significant federal funding and a community orientation to help shape this new public health research effort in Flint, MI. 
     

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. To apply, visit our website at jobs.msu.edu. Refer to posting #9080. 


General Announcements

  • Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health describes modern evaluation methods in healthcare and policymaking, and challenges some of the assumptions of the evidence based healthcare movement:

    - Are innovations always an improvement?
    - Are they always worth it?
    - Can they be implemented?
    -More importantly, should they be implemented?

    These are questions with practical consequences and questions which evaluation can answer - if we choose the right methods. This book will help you do just that - match the right evaluation method to the questions being asked

    Suitable for health practitioners, managers, policy advisers, and researchers, its practical and multidisciplinary approach shows how to ensure that evaluation results in action. 

    Purchase the ebook here or the print version here.

  • In April and June 2014 the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care convened two workshops aimed at accelerating progress toward real-time knowledge generation through the seamless integration of clinical practice and research, one of the fundamental concepts of a continuously learning health system. These meetings were sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and prompted by the development of the PCORnet and similar efforts to accelerate real-time learning. A major premise that served as the foundation for the two workshops is that the continuous and seamless assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of care is basic to a continuously learning and constantly improving health care system. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions that occurred during the two workshops, highlighting the key lessons presented, practical strategies, and the needs and opportunities for future leadership.

    Read the Report >>