Newsletter - July 2015

Dear Implementation Network Members,

I am thrilled to let you know that I have accepted a Health Scientist Administrator position as part of the Implementation Science Team in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Rockville, Maryland. I am very excited about this change and look forward to working with everyone to help advance research, practice and policy in implementation science. 

We are currently exploring options for sustaining the Implementation Network given my transition to NCI. If you are interested in possibly hosting, managing and/or transitioning the Implementation Network to your institution or organization, please let me know via my personal email (wynne.norton@gmail.com). I anticipate taking a few weeks to assess the best route forward for the Network, so there will likely be a gap for the next month or so in terms of newsletter editions. I appreciate your patience during this process. 

Thank you! 

Wynne E. Norton, PhD

Articles

  1. D'Angelo G1, Pullmann MD, Lyon AR.
    Adm Policy Ment Health. 2015 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Little EA1, Presseau J2, Eccles MP3.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Jun 17;10(1):90. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0280-7.

  3. Mensah GA1, Engelgau M1, Stoney C1, Mishoe H1, Kaufmann P1, Freemer M1, Fine L1; Trans-NHLBI T4 Translation Research Work Groups.
    Transl Behav Med. 2015 Jun;5(2):127-30. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0310-7.

  4. Proctor E1, Luke D2, Calhoun A3, McMillen C4, Brownson R5, McCrary S6, Padek M7.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Jun 11;10(1):88. [Epub ahead of print]

General Announcements

  • Issued by
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

    Purpose
    This Notice is a time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input into a science vision to guide the development of the science of health disparities research for the next decade.

    Background
    The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is embarking on a scientific planning process in collaboration with other NIH Institutes and Centers to define a vision that will guide the development of the science of health disparities research for the next decade.  The NIMHD serves as the focal point at the NIH for the conduct of research, research training, capacity-building and outreach dissemination of minority health and health disparities.  In pursuit of its mission, the NIMHD promotes and supports research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities, as well as plans, leads, coordinates, and assesses the efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as a whole, to reduce and eliminate health disparities.  NIMHD employs a multi-faceted strategy to conduct and support research in basic, clinical, social, and behavioral sciences; disseminate information; promote research infrastructure and training; foster emerging programs; and extend its reach to health disparity communities.

    The NIH is committed to ensuring that health disparities research efforts continue to build on technological advances and scientific breakthroughs.  To set a transformational agenda for health disparities science for the next decade, the NIMHD is leading a process of science visioning to (1) define a vision to guide the development of the science of health disparities research for the next decade, building on the current best knowledge, and (2) identify some of the key research areas that should be given high priority because knowledge in those areas might inform translational efforts that could have a significant impact on reducing health disparities.

    As part of the science vision planning efforts, the NIH is seeking input from stakeholders and the general public through this RFI.

    Information Requested
    This RFI seeks conceptual input regarding the science vision for health disparities research to ensure that the NIMHD and the NIH remain a global leader in addressing health disparities.  In particular, comments are being sought regarding key research areas that might address the complexity of the multiple, interacting factors that often generate and perpetuate health disparities.   In addressing the charge to define a science vision that will guide the development of a transformational health disparities agenda, the NIMHD is exploring fundamental research questions to help shape the process such as:

    I. How can the health disparities research community be better positioned to help address gaps in knowledge of: (1) the etiology of health disparities (2) measurement and analytical science methods; (3) intervention science; and (4) implementation and dissemination science? 

    Click here to read the full RFI.


  • The Implementation Network would like to congratulate the three Centers of Excellence at Dartmouth College, Harvard University and the RAND Corporation on receiving this exciting new grant.


    Press Release Date: June 15, 2015

    The three Centers of Excellence will identify, classify, track and compare health care delivery systems to understand the organizational and environmental factors affecting the use of evidence-based medicine. The effort is part of the Agency’s ongoing work to accelerate the dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research, or PCOR, findings into practice. It is also tied to the wider Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) delivery system reform initiative to encourage Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People.

    The three Centers of Excellence carrying out this work, their principal investigators, and their area of focus include:

    • Dartmouth College (Principal Investigator: Elliott Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.), in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University and the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (18 systems). This center will use mixed methods involving existing and ongoing claims-based data, conduct a national survey of health care organizations and systems to understand the inner workings of systems, and in particular, how market and organizational factors influence the implementation of biomedical, delivery system and patient engagement innovations.

    • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (Principal Investigator: David Cutler, Ph.D., Harvard University and NBER), in collaboration with the Health Research & Educational Trust and the Network of Regional Healthcare Initiatives. This center will create a large national database to identify health systems in the United States and their characteristics and outcomes, as well as the evolving consolidation and integration of systems over time, and to use those data to study health systems nationally, with a focus on cancer care, pediatric health care delivery, dialysis and post-acute care.

    • RAND Corporation (Principal Investigator: Cheryl Damberg, Ph.D.), in collaboration with Pennsylvania State University. This center will examine health systems in five regions with the goal of understanding the role of incentives, use of health IT and organizational integration within systems and its impact on performance and evidence dissemination.

    In addition, AHRQ will fund a coordinating center to help facilitate collaboration between the three centers in the development of a national compendium of the performance of health care systems across the United States.

    Click here to read the full press release.

Conferences

  •  

    December 14-15, 2015 
    with Technical Assistance Workshop on Wednesday, December 16
    Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

    Cohosted by AcademyHealth and the National Institutes of Health

    The call for abstracts for the 8th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation is now open. Submit your abstract by August 20.
     
    Dissemination and Implementation Science seeks to promote and rigorously evaluate strategies for integrating evidence-based approaches into clinical and diverse community settings via public health practice, healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy. As still emerging fields, the definitions of dissemination and implementation and the type of research they encompass may vary according to setting, sponsor, mechanisms of action, and target.
     
    The intent of this research is to investigate and address social, behavioral, economic, and organizational factors and policies that impede effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based clinical, public health, and organizational findings, test new approaches to improve health programming, and determine causal relationships between the strategies to implement interventions and the impacts of their use. Dissemination and Implementation Science is also characterized by a focus on variations in dissemination and implementation processes (e.g., how evidence/interventions are integrated) and how the context (e.g., setting, population, and economic drivers) leads to heterogeneity of results.
     
    The conference seeks novel research or conceptual papers that address any of the topics included within the thematic tracks, with an emphasis on empirical findings for how best to integrate evidence-based interventions within clinical and community settings and/or how to recast the nature or conduct of the research itself to make it more relevant and actionable in those settings.
     
    Abstract authors must select a session type and a track that best fits the subject of their abstract.
     
    Session Types:
    • Individual Oral presentations
    • Panel presentations
    • Poster presentations
    Abstract Tracks:
    • Behavioral Health
    • Big Data and Technology for Dissemination & Implementation Research
    • Clinical (i.e., Primary, Specialty, Hospital, etc.) Care Settings
    • Global Dissemination & Implementation
    • Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities
    • Health Policy Dissemination and Implementation
    • Prevention and Public Health
    • Models, Measures, and Methods
    Note: Abstracts presenting results of empirical research should report completed studies or substantial interim results. Abstracts describing proposed or early stage studies are not encouraged.
     
    Abstract Submission Deadline: Thursday, August 20 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

    Click here to submit an abstract.
     

Webinars

Job Opportunities


  • Overall Description of Responsibility or Nature of Work
    This position reports directly to Dr. Russell Glasgow, Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS (Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science), and is responsible for research work in implementation science and health outcomes research.  The fellow will participate in a variety of different projects, planning meetings and reviews.
     
    Specific Position Duties
    Specific tasks include data collection and analysis of ongoing research studies, development and piloting of practical measures and assessment approaches for use in primary care and community settings, creation and updating of online tools and resources for implementation and evaluation, participation in multiple project and center meetings, manuscript preparation and editing, and dissemination of results through scientific conferences or other related venues.
     
    There will be opportunity to be involved in implementation projects across the age span, as well as ongoing seminars and other training opportunities.  The employee is encouraged to also pursue independent grant funding and research projects as opportunities arise and time is available.  Mentorship for these endeavors will be provided.  It is anticipated that support for presentation of results from these studies at 1-2 scientific conferences per year will be available.
     
    Minimum Qualifications:
    •       PhD in relevant scientific area
    •       Must be within six years of completion of his/her doctoral degree
    •       Evidence of strong quantitative and qualitative methodological skills and research productivity
    •       Coursework and applied research experience in implementation science
    •       Ability to utilize relevant theory (e.g., from health psychology, sociology, behavioral economics) to understand mechanisms of action and explore effect modifiers of complex health and quality improvement interventions
     
    Required Competencies/Skills:
    ·       Excellent communication skills using the English language.
    •       The ability to work in a supervised/mentored research environment
    •       Computational skills to compile and analyze data
     
    Desired Qualifications
    •       Demonstrated expertise in presentation of results – both didactic and publications
    •       Eligible for NIH training grants and fellowships.
     
    Apply:  http://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/103271

  • Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
     
    Mayo Clinic seeks Health Services Researchers with a Ph.D. in a field relevant to Health Services Research (i.e. public health, decision sciences, psychology, health services research, health systems engineering), or an M.D. with additional training or experience in one or more of these areas for faculty positions within and outside the tenure system.  Appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Scientific leadership opportunities exist for mid- to senior-level researchers with the appropriate level of demonstrated experience. 

    Click here to apply and learn more.  Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and a statement
    of research interests. Specific questions related to the posting should be directed to:

    Timothy Beebe, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director for Research, Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
    Mayo Clinic
    E-mail: schilbe.jennifer@mayo.edu
  • The University of Pittsburgh Division of General Internal Medicine/Department of Medicine is looking to recruit a highly qualified MD or PhD investigator to lead a new cross-departmental, multidisciplinary Center focused on Health Equity Research. Strong candidates for this position will have an established independent track record of federal funding (e.g., NIH, AHRQ, VA, DoD, PCORI, etc.) in the field of health disparities research. Candidates from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., health services research, social science research, behavioral health research, epidemiology/population health research, and others) are encouraged to apply.

    Appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank in the tenure stream. The position includes a competitive salary, substantial resources to support research infrastructure, and a commitment to recruit additional MD and/or PhD faculty researchers. This new institutional leader in Health Equity Research will establish formal affiliations with a number of existing University of Pittsburgh Divisions, Departments, Schools, and Centers, local health care systems (i.e., VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, UPMC), and affiliated research programs (VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Center for Health Equity in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and RAND Health) that share our commitment to achieving health equity for a broad range of vulnerable populations. Interested candidates are encouraged to provide a letter of interest and CV in confidence to Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc (Chair of the Search Committee) via email at finemj@upmc.edu.



  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is seeking a Dissemination & Implementation Researcher to join our new and growing Dissemination & Implementation Team. A master’s degree and two years of relevant post-master’s experience is required. 

    Please visit this link for more information and to apply: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/Weblisting/External/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=82195 

Training Opportunities

  • King's College London are now accepting applications for the MSc in Implementation and Improvement Science.

    Fees bursaries are available for early applicants who meet the criteria.

    MSc Implementation and Improvement Science is aimed at those who need to design, evaluate and research robust implementation and improvement science programmes. The course is aimed at those from health, policy, NGO and government sector, including health and social science researchers both in the UK and working in an international context.

    There are many theories of implementation and scores of improvement techniques. This MSc teaches what’s already known about various different approaches and how to critically examine techniques and theories. And you will discover the similarities and differences between improvement and implementation, knowledge mobilisation, knowledge translation, translational medicine, patient safety interventions, service improvement and clinical innovation.

    Your teachers will include some of the world’s leading experts in implementation and improvement science, many of whom have contributed to the development of this programme, and you will gain practical experience by working on an improvement or implementation project.

    The MSc is awarded by King’s College London. It has been created jointly by researchers at King’s and Kingston and St George’s, University of London who are part of the NIHR CLAHRC South London, a research organisation working to improve health services.

    For more information please visit:
    http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/implementation-and-improvement-science

  • Indiana University School of Medicine is offering the nation's first and only Certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science.

    Sweeping reform and complex market forces are transforming the way health care is delivered and managed in the United States. Until now training needed for clinicians (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, etc.) and healthcare administrators to spearhead these changes has not existed.

    The new part-time graduate level certificate program blends online instruction with one weekend per month classroom instruction in Indy.

    Clinicians and administrators earning the certificate will be equipped to spearhead the discovery and implementation of new cost-effective, patient-centric and value-based care delivery models, as well as implement evidence-based practices into routine patient care by applying innovation and implementation science concepts into their everyday work environments in a wide range of setting including physician offices, clinics, therapy centers, surgical practices, health care agencies, hospitals, and industry.

    Click here to learn more about this certificate program.

Current Funding Opportunities

  • APPLICATION RECEIPT DATES: special dates; limited time.
    October 21, 2015; June 21, 2016; October 21, 2016; June 21, 2017; October 20, 2017; and June 21, 2018

     The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has announced a new program calling for R01 applications to test strategies that accelerate the adoption of GUIDELINE- BASED recommendations into clinical practice among populations with health disparities.

     Applications targeting providers caring for clinical populations with excess burden of CVD, lung, blood, and sleep disorders and diseases are of special interest.

    This program has special requirements. It is essential that you read the original funding opportunity announcement in its entirety and discuss plans for potential projects with the program contact listed in the FOA well in advance of submitting an application to ensure that your application will be considered responsive.

    For more information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-279.html