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Translating Evidence into Practice:  Advancing the Application of Dissemination and Implementation Science

Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor, Health Systems, Management and Policy
Associate Dean, Public Health Practice
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Michael Seid, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Health Outcomes and Quality Care Research, Pulmonary Medicine
James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence
Cincinnati Children's


  1. Identify the goals of dissemination and implementation research and available educational and workforce development.
  2. Contrast different strategies and research infrastructure approaches that can be used to promote the application of dissemination and implementation science within a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.
  3. Identify the opportunities for dissemination and implementation research within the Academic Health Center, and know where to go to learn how to disseminate your innovations.


It takes, on average, nearly two decades to translate clinical research innovation into practice, and even then the uptake of new evidence is uneven. The field of dissemination and implementation (D&I) science focuses on accelerating the translational process through deliberate application of social science frameworks and theories.  Perspectives for advancing D&I science will be presented.

The NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program is a national consortium of 60+ academic medical research centers charged with accelerating “dissemination of successful solutions throughout the network, and to the translational research community as a whole.”  Lessons learned from catalyzing D&I training and research mentorship at Colorado’s CTSA will be presented.  Discussion will include strategies for promoting bi-directional dissemination of CTSA innovation inward into the local ecosystem (“adoption” strategies) and local innovation outward to the CTSA network (“scale-up” strategies).

Anderson Center faculty have led over 60 learning collaboratives and supported the creation of 10 state-wide and national pediatric sub-specialty networks: GI- inflammatory bowel disease, (ImproveCareNow), cardiology (National Pediatric Cardiology – Quality Improvement Collaborative), juvenile inflammatory arthritis (Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Innovation Network, PR-COIN), perinatology (Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative), and safety (Solutions for Patient Safety), C3N for Cystic Fibrosis, Autism Learning Network, All Children Thrive Network, Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative, and Home-Vesting Collaborative Learning Network. These networks serve as improvement and research laboratories, providing the population base and sample size required to understand what works best to improve care. Anderson Center faculty also participate as Co-investigators and scientific advisors to other networks, such as PEDSnet, a network of 8 children’s hospitals improving child’s health through research.

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Target audience: physicians, other health practitioners, researchers, community health advocates.
The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Cincinnati designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date & Time: 
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
2351 UC Medical Sciences Building (MSB)
Contact Person: 
Jim Flessa
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