Dissemination and Implementation Affinity Network Projects

Current projects

Mountain States Partnership for Community-Engaged Dissemination and Implementation Science (MS-CEDI) Training Institute

Description: MS-CEDI was born, in part, from the ASU College of Health Solutions D&I AN. MS-CEDI is a collaboration between D&I scientists at 7 institutions: Arizona State University, The University of Utah, Mayo Clinic Phoenix, The University of Arizona, The University of New Mexico, Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health, and PIRE-Southwest. The training institute is focused on capacity building in D&I science. MS-CEDI trainees participate in a one-week in-person intensive workshop in the major components of D&I science.

The intensive week is followed by nine months of mentored proposal development with a focus on community-engagement and health equity. The training is designed to support a D&I science grant proposal submission to the NIH or other relevant funders at the end of the training period. For more information on the MS-CEDI annual training, please contact Patti Serrano martha.serrano@asu.edu.

2024-2025 MS-CEDI Training Program further information and application

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ABRC D&I Research Training

The purpose of the training grant was to conduct a year-long D&I science training program with Arizona-based scholars to build capacity for D&I research. The training program enrolled 19 faculty and post-doctoral fellows. This grant built the foundation for the following two annual D&I AN based trainings (2020; 2021) and enabled scaling up to the two annual MS-CEDI based trainings (2022; 2023). Lessons learned from the training grant will continue to inform our D&I capacity building efforts as we plan for our next annual MS-CEDI training program.

D&I Seminar Series

The D&I AN sponsors a monthly seminar series, in collaboration with MS-CEDI, to discuss contemporary topics in Implementation Science of interest to our Affinity Network and MS-CEDI trainees.

Current schedule of seminars

January 2024 - speaker pending
February 2024 - speaker pending
March 2024 - Rachel Shelton, PhD
April 2024 - Rinad Beidas, PhD

Past seminars

October 2023 - Wynne Norton
April 2023 - Tobi
February 2023 - Karey O’Hara
January 2023 - JD Smith
November 2022 - Prajakta Adsul

D&I Consultation Services

Consultation services are available for faculty, students, and community partners. Consultations are provided in individual or group formats with a D&I AN Leadership member(s) to discuss D&I methods and their use in your grants or other projects. Please contact Patti Serrano martha.serrano@asu.edu to arrange a consultation with the D&I AN.

Past projects

Assessing Clinical Effectiveness and Implementation of Worksite Sleep Health Coaching in Firefighters

This hybrid-effectiveness implementation (type 1) project (R01HL162799) will test whether an evidence-based sleep health coaching program, informed by cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi), can improve sleep disturbances and improve agency-level implementation. The long-term goal of this research is to provide critical knowledge that facilitates the widespread implementation, dissemination, and sustained utilization of sleep health intervention to promote continuous, sufficient sleep and ultimately mitigate cardiovascular disease risk.

Smart Walk: A culturally tailored smartphone-delivered physical activity intervention to reduce cardiometabolic disease risk among African American women

The purpose of this trial is to identify effective goal setting techniques to enhance psychosocial processes of self-regulation for the successful promotion of physical activity and adherence to national physical activity guidelines among midlife adults, with the long-term goal of reducing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Hearing Health Equity for Arizona

This project explores systems-level solutions to untreated hearing loss in adult Arizonans with limited income. The  project addresses two critical elements of a healthy community, health care access and social cohesion, by exploring solutions to three systems-level problems affecting hearing health care. 

An environmental scan assessing the feasibility of integrating social needs interventions into the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Through stakeholder interviews, this study examined the organizational barriers and facilitators to identifying and addressing unmet social needs (e.g., housing instability, food insecurity, utility insecurity, transportation, etc.) among their clients at several community-based organizations providing chronic disease/diabetes self-management education workshops in marginalized populations

Arizona State University Community Health Worker Training Program (ASU CHW-TP)

Award T29HP46674‐01‐00

PI: Mindy McEntee; 9/15/22 – 9/14/25.

Current community partners: Creighton Community Foundation, Terros, Mercy Care, Advance Community, Unlimited Potential, Valley of the Sun YMCA, and Phoenix Indian Health Services.

This new, high-impact training program recruits, educates, and trains community health workers (CHWs) by providing them with skill sets needed to work in medically underserved communities to strengthen the public health workforce, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity. This two part program utilizes ASU’s Learning Enterprise ecosystem to deliver curriculum to equip learners with a solid foundation of core competencies before matching them with community partners to receive mentored, on-the-job training and work experience through internships or apprenticeships in preparation for CHW certification. 

Theory-driven, human-centered design-based adaptation and pilot test of an intervention to reduce interparental conflict to prevent children's mental health problems after separation/divorce

PI: Karey O’Hara

This project combines prior research and new input from family court judges, administrators, and service providers, and high-conflict parents to design and pilot test a contextually appropriate, scalable intervention to reduce post-separation/divorce interparental conflict.

Stand & Move at Work II: Effective and Implementation

(MPI: Matthew Buman, Arizona State University; Mark Pereira, University of Minnesota)

This hybrid effectiveness-implementation (type 2) trial (R01CA250527) will test the effectiveness of an evidence-based intervention to reduce sitting and increase light--intensity physical activity, called Stand and Move at Work (SMW), for reducing sedentary time in the workplace, and test an implementation strategy (i.e., expert facilitation) for improving implementation fidelity. 

Positive Family Supports: Communities and Resilience in Education

PI: Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, Arizona State University

This project is evaluating a school-wide multi-tiered implementation strategy to support the implementation of an evidence-based parenting strategy, Family Check-up, in schools. The goal of the implementation strategy is increasing family-school engagement as a mechanism to support acceptance of the intervention. 

Student involvement

Students are welcome to participate in the D&I AN and may participate in activities related to data collection, analysis and dissemination of findings. They can also support training activities, such as the development of the MS-CEDI course shell, which allows them to access Training Institute content.

Three ASU post-doctoral fellows have participated in the development and implementation of the MS-CEDI summer training program.

In addition, two ASU courses are supported by D&I AN leadership:

PSY 598 
POP 611

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Community partners

The dissemination and implementation-focused grants of our trainees and leaders include the following community partners:

  • 20 Arizona fire departments
  • Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
  • Creighton Community Foundation
  • Terros Health Mercy Care
  • Advance Community
  • Unlimited Potential Valley of the Sun YMCA
  • Phoenix Area Indian Health Service
  • A variety of Arizona public schools