Newsletter - September 2015

Dear Implementation Network Members,

We are still in the process of identifying options for transitioning the Network. We appreciate your continued support!

Thank you,

Allyson Varley (Interim Editor)


  1. Bhatia RS, Levinson W, Shortt S, Pendrith C, Fric-Shamji E, Kallewaard M5, Peul W, Veillard J, Elshaug A, Forde I, Kerr EA.
    BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Aug;24(8):523-31.

  2. Chung B, Ngo VK, Ong MK, Pulido E, Jones F, Gilmore J, Stoker-Mtume N, Johnson M, Tang L, Wells KB, Sherbourne C, Miranda J.
    Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Aug 1;66(8):831-9.

  3. Milat AJ, Bauman A, Redman S.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Aug 12;10(1):113.

  4. Padek M, Colditz G, Dobbins M, Koscielniak N, Proctor EK, Sales AE7, Brownson RC.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Aug 12;10(1):114.

  5. Pendharkar SR, Woiceshyn J, da Silveira GJ, Bischak D, Flemons W, McAlister F, Ghali WA.
    BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Aug 13. pii: bmjqs-2015-004441.

  6. Waltz TJ, Powell BJ, Matthieu MM, Damschroder LJ, Chinman MJ, Smith JL, Proctor EK, Kirchner JE.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Aug 7;10(1):109.

  7. Wiltsey Stirman S, A Gutner C, Crits-Christoph P, Edmunds J, Evans AC, Beidas RS.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Aug 13;10(1):115.


  • AcademyHealth is excited to join the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as cohosts for the 2015 AHRQ Research Conference, which will be held October 4–6 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, in Crystal City, VA.  

    The AHRQ Research Conference is an important opportunity to share the results and impact of AHRQ-sponsored research, data and tools, and talk about the many ways this work is used to improve health care. Cohosting is an opportunity for AcademyHealth to advance the field of health services research and support the community of evidence producers and move knowledge into action through translation and dissemination. 

    In its return, AHRQ’s research conference will once more bring authorities in health services research and practice together to participate in sessions focused on addressing today’s challenges in improving quality, safety, access and value in health care.

    Click here for more information on this conference.


    September 21-22 | Washington, DC

    Transforming the health care delivery system requires an understanding of how best to use electronic health data to generate the evidence needed to improve care and outcomes.  

    Concordium 2015 brings together individuals and organizations working with big health data to integrate evidence, practice, and policy in the delivery system setting. The conference is designed to advance the strategic development and use of evidence to transform health systems by:

    • Showcasing Innovation and Leading Ideas;

    • Sharing Emerging Science and Applications; and

    • Promoting Collaboration

    Concordium 2015 is an inaugural conference that draws on AcademyHealth’s Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum and its extensive experience in delivery system innovation. Established in 2010 with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the EDM Forum drives rapid collaboration among researchers and diverse stakeholders who create data, methods, and evidence to shape the next generation of learning health systems. This new meeting brings together the EDM Forum Stakeholder Symposium and AcademyHealth’s Delivery System Meeting, to focus on ways to integrate evidence, practice, and policy.

    Click here for more information about this conference.

  • Scientific Symposium

    The Scientific Symposium is an all-day event that takes place in conjunction with the IHI National Forum on Monday, December 7, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, USA. Every year, the Scientific Symposium attracts the best work in the science of health and health care improvement. We aim to foster dialog and shared learning among participants. The day features keynote speakers, rapid-fire presentations of peer-reviewed papers, interactive methods sessions, and networking.

    The 2015 Scientific Symposium will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center located at 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

    At this event, attendees will:

    • Share what has been learned from applying scientific methods to health and health care improvement
    • Network with colleagues interested in using scientific methods to improve health and health care
    • Discuss challenges in applying and disseminating scientific approaches to health and health care improvement
    • Create a common understanding of how to apply and disseminate scientific methods to improve health and health care

    Just Announced!

    Keynote Speaker: Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACG, Director, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), Department of Internal Medicine, UNM School of Medicine. With Project ECHO, primary care doctors and others working in underserved, isolated, or small community settings use videoconferencing to advance their skills and ability to handle complex cases.

    Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician and Member, Associates in Process Improvement (API) and co-author of The Improvement Guide, will host an interactive methods session during this program.

    Professor Abe Wandersman, University of South Carolina, together with Gareth Parry (pictured below), Senior Scientist, IHI, will lead a methods session focused on “Practical Evaluation of Improvement Initiatives”.

    Brian Mittman, Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Research will lead a methods session focused on “Implementation Science – an overview of approaches and frameworks”.

    Abstract Submission

    Abstract submission for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Scientific Symposium is now open. This year, we are collaborating with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and abstracts selected for the Scientific Symposium may be published in the BMJ with author consent. The deadline for submitting your abstract is Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM ET.

    Ideal abstract submissions may include results of studies that apply improvement or implementation methods to improve health or health care at a local, regional, or national scale. These may include analytic, time-series, statistical process control, qualitative, and mixed-method studies. We are also interested in method or measurement development work that aims to advance the field more generally. Abstracts will be reviewed and discussed at the Scientific Symposium on Monday, December 7, 2015 in Orlando, FL, USA.

    Please click here for more information and to submit your abstract.


  • NCI Advanced Topics in Implementation Science (IS) Research Webinar Series

    Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (SMART) & Adaptive Designs for Implementation Studies

    Thursday, October 1, 1:00-2:00pm ET

    Amy Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H.,

    Director, VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), VA Health Services Research and Development

    Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School

    Research Career Scientist, VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research

    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 Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET, Dr. Amy Kilbourne will present “Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (SMART) & Adaptive Designs for Implementation Studies”. In accompaniment to the preceding Advanced Topics in IS webinars on popular D&I designs October’s seminar will provide an overview of SMART and adaptive designs, their application to clinical health services studies, and how they can be used to test different strategies to inform the more precise implementation of research findings into real-world practices.

    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 register for the webinar.

  • by Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH 

    Seminar date: 9/3/2015

    Description: The mission of QUERI is to improve veteran health by more rapidly implementing research findings into practice. QUERI recently transformed to meet the needs of a changing VA, focusing more on cross-cutting quality improvement initiatives of national priority through coalitions of regional and national partners and strong improvement science. We present the first 12 QUERI Programs, their contribution to a learning healthcare system, as well as insights into how QUERI will help shape the future of implementation science. Intended audience: researchers and clinicians interested in taking implementation science or quality improvement to a new level.

    For more information on this archived webinar, click here. 

Training Opportunities

  • This online course will take place in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). When you register for the course, you will be given full access and information on how to get started. All students will need access, from the start of the course, to a copy of the SAGE 2012 textbook 'An introduction to systematic reviews'*. All other learning materials, activities and exchanges with your fellow students and tutor will take place within the VLE.

    Every two weeks, you will cover a new ‘unit’. Instructions on what to do, and by when, will be sent to you electronically. Over each 'unit', you will carry out a set of learning activities. You will be able to carry out these activities at your own pace and at times of your own choosing so long as you complete the specified tasks by the deadlines set. There are no set times to be online, although these may be organised if there is demand during the course.

    Typical activities include:

    • Developing a review question on a topic of your own choice and receiving comments from fellow students and the course tutor
    • Having a go at key stages of a systematic review, followed by group discussions about the process
    • Reading a journal article and identifying key themes
    • Posting comments and observations on your own reading and learning and providing feedback to other students
    • Drafting short summaries on a topic, sometimes on your own, sometimes with fellow student
    Click here for more information on this online course. 

Current Funding Opportunities

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    Deadline: September 25, 2015

    This FOA issued by AHRQ solicits grant applications for funding to conduct Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) that propose to address strategies and approaches for prevention, reduction, and effective management of HAIs. The following are broad areas of HAI research:

    1. Development, demonstration, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and approaches for prevention and management of HAIs.

    2. Research regarding adoption and implementation (including sustainment and spread/scale-up) of evidence-based approaches for prevention of HAIs.

    Click here for more information on this funding opportunity.

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    Deadline: October 5, 2015

    This FOA issued by AHRQ solicits grant applications for funding to conduct Large Research Projects (R01) that propose to advance the base of knowledge for detection, prevention, reduction, and effective management of HAIs. The following are broad areas of HAI research:

    1. Determination of the clinical efficacy and effectiveness (including unintended adverse consequences) of preventive interventions.

    2. Characterization and assessment of relevant epidemiological aspects of HAIs, including but not limited to patient risk factors, clinical presentation, and sources of antibiotic-resistant organisms involved in the development of HAIs.

    Click here for more information on this funding opportunity.

  • Deadline: Open

    Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program of RWJF that supports the Foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action.  It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes.

    Click here for more information on this funding opportunity.