Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer

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Project description: Cancer is the leading cause of death among persons under the age of 85
and the second leading cause of death overall in the United States. Much of the cancer burden is preventable, yet there remains a large gap between the evidence known to control cancer and application in community and clinical settings. Over the past decade, the science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) research has emerged to shorten the “translation gap.” This project will establish Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) to: 1) develop and refine a set of competencies and model curriculum in D&I research, including those specific to D&I research on cancer disparities; 2) conduct a summer training program; 3) conduct ongoing, evidence-informed mentoring; 4) evaluate all training program components and track Fellows’ career development; and 5) actively disseminate program components for adoption by other individuals and institutions.

Project goal: The overall goal for the training program is to develop the first of its kind, Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) at Washington University in St. Louis. The audience for the training program is post-doctoral scholars (PhDs, MDs)—primarily individuals in early career but also a smaller number of mid-career scholars who want to pursue D&I research in cancer.

Funding source: National Cancer Institute, 1 R25 CA171994-01A1

Implications for research and practice: This R25E education program is uniquely positioned to build capacity in D&I research in cancer prevention and control. The proposed program applies state-of-the-art training methods to build capacity in post-doctoral researchers. This program is significant because it addresses cancer risk factors and populations with high burden, where intervention knowledge on evidence-based programs and policies (EBPPs) is substantial, yet not commonly applied, and where a large reduction in cancer mortality is feasible if this knowledge was more widely taken up into practice and policy. This program is innovative because it is the first training program of its kind, develops a specific set of competencies, engages diverse partners, and will disseminate the training program widely. Our results will impact the field by enhancing abilities to: 1) conduct high-quality D&I research; 2) substantially speed up the translation of cancer prevention and control knowledge into practice and policy; and 3) lead efforts to train the next generation of D&I researchers.

Project staff: Ross C. Brownson, PhD; Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH; Maureen J. Dobbins, PhD; Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPHMaggie Padek, MPH, MSW; Christine Pfund, PhD; Enola Proctor, PhD; Toni K. Yancey, MD, MPH (deceased)

Project partners: National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Project dates: 2013-2018