EGRP News Flash - January 24, 2012

Call for Applications for Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

The University of California in San Francisco will host the 2012 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose on July 9-13, 2012. Applications are sought for this 5-day Institute, sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Institute is designed to provide investigators at any career stage with thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health.

The deadline for eligible individuals to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, March 2, 2012.

One of the most critical issues impeding improvements in public health today is the enormous gap between what we know can optimize health and healthcare and what actually gets used and implemented in everyday practice. The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address this gap by understanding how to best ensure that evidence-based strategies to improve health and prevent disease are effectively delivered in clinical and public health practice. Though this field of research has gained incredible momentum in recent years, there remains a need to grow a cadre of both new and established scientists who are prepared to (1) address the complex process of bridging research and practice in a variety of real-world settings and to (2) conduct research that balances rigor with relevance and employs study designs and methods appropriate for the complex processes involved in dissemination and implementation.

The 2012 TIDIRH immerses its participants into the theory and practice of D&I. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation, and evaluation approaches of D&I; in creating partnerships and multi-level transdisciplinary research teams, research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations; and in conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy). Participants will be expected to return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned at the Institute to help grow the field of D&I research (e.g., giving talks, leading seminars, forming new collaborations, mentoring, and submitting D&I grant proposals).

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