Co-directed by Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D., and Eric Rosenberg, M.D., the CTSI Implementation Science Program was created in 2013 to strengthen the capacity of UF Health as a learning health system and to advance implementation science across the state. As defined by the Annual NIH Conference on Implementation and Dissemination, implementation is the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions that change practice patterns and improve health. Implementation science emphasizes outcomes that consumers, practitioners and communities value, and thus takes a patient- and community-centered approach.
The Implementation Science Program is positioned to build on the model of the CTSI-led UF Health Personalized Medicine Program, in which implementation strategies are developed and piloted at UF Health and then adapted and tested for use in other types of health-care settings. The program collaborates with the CTSI’s statewide research partners and networks, including the Health IMPACTS for Florida practice-based research network.
The goals of the program are to:
- Promote research on the dissemination and implementation of clinical research findings in health-care settings in Florida;
- Promote innovative, multidisciplinary team science that connects researchers from across the university with community clinicians and patients to conduct high-quality research in “real-world” settings;
- Consult with researchers and community clinicians to develop research ideas and clinical problems into pragmatic trials;
- Create a learning health system by conducting research within UF Health and disseminating the research findings to health system administrators and policymakers.
Below are highlights of the program’s activities and related resources, which will grow in support of the program goals.
Contact: Researchers, staff or students with an interest in learning more about the program are encouraged to contact Katie Eddleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program’s Operations Committee is comprised of leadership, faculty and staff from UF Health and across the university. Co-chaired by Drs. Rosenberg and Shenkman, the committee meets monthly to set program goals and direct the program’s activities. The diverse membership of this committee is unique; the enthusiasm and dedication of its members promote the collaboration required for successful implementation science.
Implementation Science Innovation Studios
Each semester, the program offers two to three Implementation Science Innovation Studios, which are multidisciplinary roundtable discussions of implementation science-related research proposals and ideas. Scientists, methodologists, community clinicians, patients and research coordinators participate in the studio process and provide concrete, actionable advice. Some innovation studios are focused on specific funding mechanisms (e.g. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), while others are open for the discussion of any research topic or clinical problem that has the potential to be developed into an implementation research proposal.
UF Graduate Courses
The Department of Health Outcomes and Policy offers the following graduate courses with a focus on implementation science (see course descriptions and syllabi):
- GMS 6851 Health Outcomes and Research, Program Evaluation, and Implementation Science (2 credit hrs)
- GMS 6852 Community Engaged Research for Clinical Effectiveness and Implementation Science Studies (2 credit hrs)
- GMS 6853 Applied Topics in Dissemination and Implementation Science (2 credit hrs)
- National Institutes of Health U.S. Library of Medicine Health Services Research Information Central: Dissemination and Implementation Science