Articles of Interest



Researcher readiness for participating in community-engaged dissemination and implementation research: a conceptual framework of core competencies

Participating in community-engaged dissemination and implementation (CEDI) research is challenging for a variety of reasons. Currently, there is not specific guidance or a tool available for researchers to assess their readiness to conduct CEDI research. We propose a conceptual framework that identifies detailed competencies for researchers participating in CEDI and maps these competencies to domains.

Opportunities and challenges in conducting community-engaged dissemination/implementation research

Dissemination and implementation (D&I) research has emerged in recent years in response to the recognition that the pathway from research to practice is complex, lengthy, and rarely completed. As studies have suggested that only a fraction of scientific findings have an impact on health and health care, D&I research centers on the processes to get those findings, often evidence-based interventions, integrated within the variety of clinical and community systems where health care is delivered. Evidence-based interventions can range in focus from diagnostics, prevention, treatment, and maintenance of health, and can target individuals or populations.

Toward A Scalable, Patient-Centered Community Health Worker Model: Adapting the IMPaCT Intervention for Use in the Outpatient Setting.

Community health worker (CHW) programs are an increasingly popular strategy for patient-centered care. Many health care organizations are building CHW programs through trial and error, rather than implementing or adapting evidence-based interventions. This study used a qualitative design-mapping process to adapt an evidence-based CHW intervention, originally developed and tested in the hospital setting, for use among outpatients with multiple chronic conditions.

Hiring the experts: best practices for community-engaged research.

Community-engaged approaches to research and practice continue to show success in addressing health equity and making long-term change for partnership relationships and structures of power. The usefulness of these approaches is either diminished or bolstered by community trust, which can be challenging for partnerships to achieve.

Community Engagement Studios: A Structured Approach to Obtaining Meaningful Input From Stakeholders to Inform Research.

The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community-Engaged Research Core began testing new approaches for community engagement, which led to the development of the Community Engagement Studio (CE Studio). This structured program facilitates project-specific input from community and patient stakeholders to enhance research design, implementation, and dissemination. Developers used a team approach to recruit and train stakeholders, prepare researchers to engage with stakeholders, and facilitate an in-person meeting with both.