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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 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 (EQ-DI) 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.


Does your research proposal qualify as D&I science? Need help formulating your D&I research aims, design, etc.? The UR CTSI’s EQ-DI 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 two funding opportunities: Our pipeline-to-pilot award provides up to $10,000 for EQ-DI research planning activities and our mini-grant provides up to $2,000 to support a wide range of EQ-DI research-related activities that do not require de novo IRB approval.

Pipeline-to-Pilot Award | Mini-Grant

Learning and Sharing

Join us for the fall 2023 EQ-DI webinar series, which will cover a variety of topics.

Date Title and Presenter
October 31, 2023, 4-5 p.m.

Collaborating on Planning Equity-Focused Research to Advance Young Adolescents’ Sexual Health Development Support in Rochester, NY
Presented by Sadandaula Rose Muheriwa, PhD. Please Note: Video/sound cuts out often
Presentation Slides

November 7, 2023, 4-5 p.m.

Setting the Stage for Success: Essential Contributions of Pre-Implementation
Presented by Lisa Saldana, PhD
Presentation Slides

November 14, 2023, 4-5 p.m.

Join us for the fall 2022 EQ-DI webinar series, which will cover a variety of topics.

Date Title and Presenter
October 24, 2022, 4-5 p.m.
Principles, Methods, and Systems for Designing for Dissemination, Sustainability, and Equity, presented by Bethany M. Kwan, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor and associate vice chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado
November 1, 2022, 4-5 p.m. Leveraging Technology and Community Engagement to Address Barriers to Care for People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, presented by Christie Petrenko, Ph.D., research associate professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at URMC. Christie Petrenko Presentation Slides
November 8, 2022, 3-4 p.m.
Equity-Oriented Implementation Studies: Reflections from a Learner, presented by Ana A. Baumann, Ph.D., assistant professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery,Washington University School of Medicine
November 15, 2022, 4-5 p.m. Advancing Quality Improvement with Implementation Science, presented by Amy Tyler, M.D., M.S.C.S., hospitalist and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the director of Quality Improvement for the Section of Hospital Medicine. Amy Tyler Presentation Slides
Date Title and Presenter
November 10, 2021, 4-5 p.m. Implementation Challenges in Rural Settings: What is the Measure of Equity?, presented by Katia Noyes, Ph.D., MPH, professor and director of the Division of Health Services Policy and Practice at the School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo.
November 17, 2021, 4-5 p.m. Introduction to Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Designs, presented by Sara J. Landes, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, core faculty of the UAMS Center for Implementation Research.
November 24, 2021, 4-5 p.m. Planning for an Inpatient Medical-Legal Partnership: Lessons Learned from the Inaugural EQ-DI Pipeline-to-Pilot Award, presented by Clare Park, D.O., assistant professor of Hospital Medicine at URMC; and Mahala Schlagman M.D., assistant professor of General Medicine at URMC.
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. View McMahon's slides. 
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.

D&I Resource Catalogs

Access a curated list of resource catalogs related to D&I science, including frameworks/theories/models, methods/measures, funding resources, practice resources, training, and health equity resources. These resource catalogs, which were developed by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, are open-access and actively maintained/updated in almost all cases.

Access D&I Resources

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:
James McMahon, Ph.D.
Reza Yousefi Nooraie: M.Sc., Ph.D.