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Equity-Focused Dissemination and Implementation

Dissemination and implementation science - a rapidly growing field - examines the process by which scientific evidence is implemented in clinical settings and communities. Our team works with researchers to help design and evaluate evidence-based interventions – with a focus on addressing health equity.

We achieve this through genuine community engagement throughout the research process using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods and by leveraging academic-community partnerships throughout upstate New York. We are also developing capacity-building efforts and educational programs to train and empower the workforce.

The UR CTSI’s equity-focused dissemination and implementation function promotes and supports collaboration and team science, working with engaged stakeholders, community members and researchers from across the University of Rochester and the region, to accelerate translational science and improve population health.

Consultations

Does your research proposal qualify as D&I science? Need help formulating your D&I research aims, design, etc.? The UR CTSI’s equity-focused D&I function offers consultations through our Research Methods Forum and other group-based consultations and function co-leaders are available for consultation.

Request a consultation via the UR CTSI Research Help Desk.

Competitive Funding

We also offer funding to help you get your early-phase equity-focused D&I research off the ground. Our pipeline-to-pilot award provides up to $10,000 for six months of research planning activities. Applying teams must include at least one University of Rochester faculty member.

Learn more about the D&I Pipeline to Pilot Award.

Learning and Sharing

The spring 2021 EQ-DI webinar series covers a variety of topics such as intervention fidelity, sustainability of implementation efforts, and planning for equitable D&I in feasibility and pilot studies.

Date Title and Presenter
April 20, 2021 Opportunities to Advance Research on Health Equity & Sustainability in Implementation Science, by Rachel C. Shelton, Sc.D., MPH, associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University.
April 27, 2021 Intervention Failure? Maybe it’s Fidelityby Wendi Cross, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at URMC.
May 4, 2021 State of the (Implementation) Science in Designing Intervention Feasibility and Pilot Studiesby James McMahon, PhD, associate professor in the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

The fall 2020 EQ-DI webinar series focused on how context – and its complex and evolving nature – can impact dissemination and implementation of health-improving interventions.

Date Title and Presenter
November 11, 2020 Science of Dissemination & Implementation and Its Adaptations in Public Health Emergencies, by Reza Yousefi Nooraie, Ph.D., M.D., associate professor of public health sciences at URMC.
November 18, 2020 Engaging and Linking Stakeholders Across Systems for Implementation, by Alicia Bunger M.S.W., Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Social Work at Ohio State University.
November 25, 2020 Promoting Health Equity using Dissemination and Implementation - Opportunities and Challenges, by Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H. professor and co-director of the Research Division in the Department of Family Medicine at URMC.

Community Engagement and Health Equity

The equity-focused dissemination and implementation function engages with the URMC’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by partnering with the Health Equity Research Task Force to identify and address community health priorities.

Function leaders:

Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H: Kevin_Fiscella@URMC.Rochester.edu

James McMahon, Ph.D. James_Mcmahon@URMC.Rochester.edu

Reza Yousefi Nooraie: M.Sc., Ph.D. Reza_Yousefi-nooraie@URMC.Rochester.edu