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September 2021

Dear DISC Members & Investigators,

We're so grateful to our DISC Community for engaging and learning with us throughout the summer! The DISC enjoyed a jam-packed seminar schedule from June to September, with 3 DISC Journal Clubs, 2 Implementation Science Seminars and we also launched a new series on Policy in D&I hosted by Dr. Erika Crable. If you weren't able to attend our kickoff Policy Panel in early September, visit our DISC Youtube to watch the session featuring Drs. Ross Brownson, Jonathan Purtle and Nicole Stadnick and their reflections on the field of policy D&I. Our goal is to archive more of our content so that you can revisit DISC events when it's most convenient!

Please join us for our next DISC Journal Club and Works in Progress featuring Lindsey Wade and David Mier on October 14th at 2:00pm PDT!  David and Lindsey will lead a discussion around how the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties develops their Community Health Needs Assessment and how local hospital leaders and policymakers use community data to clarify priorities. Please join us and expect a unique and rich discussion on how policymakers, public health and hospital leaders, and researchers can collaborate to create change. Submit your discussion questions in advance here!

Lastly, tomorrow we wrap up our Early Bird Specials for the UC San Diego ACTRI DISC "How to get funded in D&I Science Workshop" on October 25th and 26th! The 2-day, virtual workshop will educate attendees about current funding opportunities for D&I research and feature presentations from public, private, national and international funding agencies. Make sure to reserve your ticket by Friday to snag the reduced registration rate!

With gratitude,
The UC San Diego ACTRI DISC Team

D&I Job and Fellowship Opportunities

PCORI Program Associate
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options. PCORI is looking for a Program Associate to join their team. Apply here.

Inter-CFAR Fellowship in HIV & IS
The inter-CFAR Implementation Science Working Group and the Mid-Atlantic CFAR Implementation Science Hub are welcoming applications for an NIH-funded training opportunity in implementation science (IS) for early stage investigators engaging in HIV-related research. For more details, click here!

Implementation Science Training for professionals in LMICs
Through The Center for Implementation’s 6-week self-paced online course, Designing for Implementation, participants will gain a clear roadmap to design their intervention using best practices and approaches from implementation.The Center for Implementation are offering 15 spots for eligible professionals to enroll in Designing for Implementation for free. To learn more, click here.

Qualitative Methodologist at Yale School of Public Health
The Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) in the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale School of Medicine is recruiting a qualitative methodologist to join our team and suite of innovative projects, both domestic and international. Please find the ad attached. Note, the topical focus is Heart, Lung, and Blood Health Promotion, but we are very open to other substantive health areas, given how interrelated health conditions are. 

Use of the RE-AIM Framework eBook

New online special issue e-book in Frontiers of Public Health on: Use of the RE-AIM Framework: Translating Research to Practice with Novel Applications and Emerging Directions. This special issue includes 21 articles published over the past 2 years and details the pragmatic use of the RE-AIM/PRISM framework in a wide variety of content areas and diverse settings including low-resource clinics, community, and international settings. Users can sort articles by author, most viewed, type, and date published or download the entire eBook for free. They also have the opportunity to connect with the authors. Start reading HERE.  

& Events
DISC Investigator Spotlight
Dr. Gabriel Wardi
DISC Investigator, Dr. Gabriel Wardi is a Medical Director for Hospital Sepsis at UC San Diego and directs the Residency Transition Course for the School of Medicine.
2022 Call for Applications for ACTRI’s KL2 Mentored Career Development Award for early career faculty. Submission deadline: February 25, 2022. Visit Eligibility Information (
DISC Journal Club & Works in Progress 
Join the DISC Journal Club on October 14th at 2:00pm PDT to learn from Lindsey Wade and David Mier. Submit questions ahead of time HERE. Journal Club occurs the second Thursday of every month at 2pm PDT.

Balancing Cost and Value Using Practical Implementation Methods
October 20 - 21 11am - 4pm CST
The University of Wisconsin Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research’s Dissemination and Implementation Launchpad is offering free, 2-day virtual Short Course features EPIS expert Greg Aarons, PhD, and SIC and COINS expert Lisa Saldana, PhD, as visiting faculty. To view the agenda and register.

Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science Seminar Series: "Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Methodology"
Yale School of Medicine is hosting a Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science Seminar Series. Lingrui Liu, ScD, MS, an Associate Research Scientist in Public Health in Health Policy, will be lecturing on QCA. For more information, click here!

14th Annual Conference On The Science Of D&I In Health - December 14-16
The Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, helps recognize the full potential of evidence to optimize health and health care by bridging the gap between research, practice, and policy. For more information.

Community D&I Working Group
The next meeting for the DISC's Monthly Working Group is on October 15th at 2pm PDT. The central goal is to increase community-based capacity to incorporate D&I science into existing work and facilitate linkages between D&I practitioners and community partners. To join, email the DISC!
DISC Community
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DISC Investigators: 87
DISC General: 381
Greeting from the DISC Team!

Check out our UC San Diego ACTRI DISC Team Greeting on Youtube
 Introducing Dr. Borsika Rabin, Dr. Nicole Stadnick, Dr. Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Dr. Greg Aarons, Clare Viglione, MPH, RD, & Jamie Pilapil, MPH.

DISC Advanced Series Workshop - Fall 2021

Prevention Science and Methodology Group
Virtual Grand Rounds

The Prevention Science and Methodology Group is a virtual network of more than 900 empirical researchers and methodologists aimed to advance the field of prevention science and support the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs.

to learn more of these grand rounds, visit there website to learn more!

DISC Resource of the Month

Check out this new Implementation Science #ResourceOfTheMonth which provides practical information to help D&I researchers increase community engagement. Thank you Dr. Joseph Astorino, Dr.Randy Schwart, Dr. Aubrey Villalobos, Dr. Eva Woodward, & Clare Viglione from @ImpSciUCSD! Learn more, here.

Diversity and Social Justice Advocacy Training


Society for Implementation Research Collaboration Conference 2022

Recent DISC Investigator Publications
The effect of caregiver key opinion leaders on increasing caregiver demand for evidence-based practices to treat youth anxiety: protocol for a randomized control trial
    Ms. Margaret Crane, Dr. Sara Becker and Dr. Jonathan Purtle
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Identifying Adaptive Solutions for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Underserved Communities
   Dr. Jesse N Nodora and Dr. Borsika Rabin
Provider Report of Sustainment Scale (PRESS): development and validation of a brief measure of inner context sustainment
   Dr. Gregory A. Aarons
Outer-context determinants in the sustainment phase of a reimbursement-driven implementation of evidence-based practices in children’s mental health services
   Drs. Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Teresa Lind, and Gregory A. Aarons
Mental Health Services for Autistic Individuals Across the Lifespan: Recent Advances and Current Gaps
   Drs. Kelsey Dickson, Nicole Stadnick, Lauren Brookman-Frazee 
How Shared Is Shared Decision Making? Reaching the Full Potential of Patient-Clinician Collaboration in Mental Health
   Drs. Emily Treichler, Borsika Rabin, and Gregory Light
Understanding adaptations in the Veteran Health Administration’s Transitions Nurse Program: refining methodology and pragmatic implications for scale-up
   Dr. Borsika Rabin
Implementation of school-based services for students with autism: Barriers and facilitators across urban and rural districts and phases of implementation
   Drs. Jessica Suhrheinrich, Melina Melgarejo, Gregory A. Aarons, and Lauren Brookman-Frazee 
*only DISC Investigators and Members are listed*

DISC Member Spotlight
Dr. Gabriel Wardi completed his undergraduate and graduate education in Atlanta. He moved to San Diego for his residency in Emergency Medicine where he served as the education chief resident during his final year of residency. He is the first graduate of the joint Critical Care Medicine fellowship offered by the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Department of Emergency Medicine. He joined faculty in 2017 and attends in both the emergency department and ICUs. He was recently promoted to Associate Professor in both departments. Dr. Wardi’s research interests include sepsis, the ED-ICU interface, resuscitation, cardiac arrest management, and development of novel educational curriculum. He is the Medical Director for Hospital Sepsis at UC San Diego and directs the Residency Transition Course for the School of Medicine. Outside the hospital he enjoys international travel, cooking, running and reading.
  1. How would you describe your research in one sentence? The primary focus of my research is to use large data sets and advanced analytics to improve detection and treatment of patients with sepsis.
  2. What are three key research or practice issues that you are most passionate about? 
    1. Engagement with front-line staff about early detection and improved care of sepsis patients
    2. Effective translation of clinical sepsis research into clinical practice
    3. Developing novel educational curriculum for our medical students and residents at UC San Diego
  3. What is something interesting or unique about your background? I am the first emergency medicine physician at UC San Diego who completed a critical care fellowship.
  4. What have you gained from your involvement in the DISC? As a physician involved in research and quality, everyone assumes that medical education includes significant work with quality improvement and implementation science. Fortunately, I've had good success with implementation of various initiatives, but the opportunity to work with the experts in the DISC has helped me realize the theoretical and practical applications that can translate a good idea into an evidence-based "home run" that end-users appreciate and ultimately improves patient care. 
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