Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Next Step in Our Partnership

The INQRI program and the Donaghue Foundation are pleased to announce the next step in our collaboration. We are continuing the discussion we began at the Funders Forum with a series of webinars focused entirely on translation. This series will begin in January, 2010. Please click the links below to pre-register and contact Heather Kelley if you have any questions.

Translating Research into Policy
Speaker: Ben Milder, Burness Communications
Date: January 25, 2010: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register.

Implementing the Transitional Care Model
Speakers: Mary Naylor, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, University of Pennsylvania and Randall Krakauer, M.D., Aetna
Date: March 2, 2010: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register.

Diffusion of New Ideas - What Works?
Speaker: Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D., Yale University
Date: April 7, 2010: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register.

Implementation Science and QUERI
Speaker: Brian Mittman, Ph.D., VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative(QUERI)
Date: April 20, 2010: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Does Improving Quality Save Money?

QUERI Implementation Practice Seminar

Does improving quality save money? A review of research and research methods.
Presentation by John Ovretveit, PhD
Monday, November 9, 12:00pm - 1:30pm ET

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Seminar Series: Ethel Donaghue Center for Translating Research into Practice and Policy

Are you near the University of Connecticut Health Center? If so, check out this seminar series...

The TRIPP Center series focuses on practice-oriented translational research, seeking to improve processes of care and health outcomes by accelerating the transfer of evidence-based medical practice into the community. This year the emphasis is on translational informatics. We have invited leaders in each area to present and provide our audience with the opportunity to learn about their research.

Seminars are held Thursdays at 12 noon at the Low Learning Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center
* Except November 19th which will be simulcast from Storrs to the TRIPP Conference Room located in Dowling South.

Nov. 19, 2009
Jeremey Grimshaw, MBChB, PhD, FRCGP
Building the Science of Knowledge Translation
University of Ottowa * Co-sponsorship with CHIP at Storrs

Dec. 3, 2009
Victor Villagra, MD, FACP
Public Utility Model for Chronic Care
Health & Technology Vector, Inc.

Jan. 14, 2010
William Rollow , MD, MPH HIT
Medical Home & Perspective of Payor
Emblem Health

Feb. 4, 2010
Richard Shiffman, MD, FAAP
Decision Support In Pediatric Asthma
Yale University

Mar. 11, 2010
Mr. Mark Borton
HIT Solutions for Primary Care
Equity Health Partners, LLC

Apr. 8, 2010
Lisa Kern, MD
Pay-for-Performance, Medical Home Implementation and Health Care Quality
Weill Cornell Medical College

For more information on the seminar series, please click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

An update from the declaration committee...

Guiding Principles and Implementation Strategies for the Funders Forum Group

A subgroup of volunteers from the Funders Forum has met to begin drafting what could become a “Proclamation” based on the ideas and perspectives that were presented by participants at the meeting this past July. Our work at this point has involved a review of the notes from our July meeting and some telephone and email discussions to develop a draft proposal of what we are referring to as principles and implementation strategies for the group to consider. These priniciples are neither formalized nor finalized and we will be presenting the draft to the entire group within the next two months.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Joining together to assert our declaration!

Thank you to those who have volunteered to serve on the committee for our "declaration" project. If you have not yet volunteered, it's not too late. Please email Heather Kelley if you are interested.

As this group begins their work, we will be sharing their products via this blog... so keep your eye on this space!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lynne Garner on "Dealing with Scale"

A short while ago, Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, the award-winning comprehensive program of health, parenting and educational services, was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and he said something that caught my ear. Mr. Canada explained that before its founding he had been working in programs that served 100 or 200 children at a time. It was important work but didn’t come close to meeting the needs of the thousands of children that could benefit from those services. He said “dealing with scale is one of the issues we need to tackle in this nation.” A short while later, in discussing the inspiration for the Harlem Children’s Zone, he said it was “not some kind of a brilliant Eureka” but rather putting into place what is already known to be effective in a way that works.

These two issues – implementing what we already know to be effective and doing so on a scale to benefit many people – are two of the biggest challenges to creating benefit through research. After considering our own history of grantmaking and listening to the experience of others, it’s clear that there are at least three interrelated conditions at the source of this difficulty.
  • There’s lot of money for research but precious little to implement research findings.
  • It’s nobody’s “job.”
  • Most research is done in academic centers, whose incentives work against developing an idea far enough along for the findings to be put into a useable “product.”

Because these conditions are larger than Donaghue can change on its own, we are looking for opportunities to work with other funders. And although we aren’t spending a lot on new grants now, we are working to shape our grantmaking programs to be more focused on these issues. Maybe this involves starting with those who have the health care problems and then looking for research-based solutions. Maybe the research team should be a partnership with those who are ultimately the end users. And maybe, like Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone, we need to be willing to stick with one issue for several years in order to make real change.

But this is only my take on the topic – what’s yours?

Lynne Garner is Trustee and President of the Donaghue Foundation

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

An Invitation from the Donaghue Foundation

The Donaghue Foundation would like to invite you to participate in their 2nd Annual Andrews Lecture Series, with guest speaker, Karen Barrow. The event is being held on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at The Anlyan Center, Yale School of Medicine, 300 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. A reception will follow in the atrium.

To honor Ray Andrews' stewardship of the Donaghue Foundation from 1993 through 2007, the Trustees established an annual lecture series in his name that focuses on the voice of the patient. This lecture series gives expression to the patient's experience from a variety of perspectives.

Karen Barrow is the creator of "Patient Voices" for the New York Times on the web. Patient Voices features real stories from people coping with everything from attention deficit disorder to pancreatic cancer. In each installment of "Patient Voices," six to ten individuals living with a particular ailment share their experiences.

Ms. Barrow captures these very personal stories through recorded interviews and photographs that appear regularly on the The New York Times Well Blog. Karen Barrow holds a MA in biomedical journalism from New York University and a BA in biology from Cornell University. To read more information on Patient Voices click here.

This lecture is open to the public. Please call or email the Foundation at 860.521.9011 or if you plan to attend so we can properly prepare for the reception.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

An Interesting Read...

Translation of Research Into Practice: Why We Can’t "Just Do It"

Lee A. Green, MD, MPH and Colleen M. Seifert, PhD

Abstract: Translation of new knowledge into practice proceeds through 3 stages, from awareness through acceptance to adoption. Translational research focuses almost exclusively on the first 2 stages. We argue that improving the disappointing results of translation efforts will require a detailed understanding of how adoption takes place. We summarize research in cognitive science that illustrates how accepted "declarative" knowledge (acquired through lectures, reading, and discussion) differs (even down to its locus in the brain) from adopted "procedural" knowledge that is acted on in clinical practice. We suggest strategies that can capitalize on the cognitive processes by which declarative knowledge is proceduralized, as a means of making translation more effective, including (1) structured case-level feedback, automated or from human consultants, during the declarative stage; (2) practice in context early in the procedural stage; and (3) deliberative practice when procedural knowledge has been formed but is still being refined.

For the rest of the article, please click here.

The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice 18:541-545 (2005)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Funders Forum - Evaluation and Next Steps

Thank you to everyone who completed an evaluation of the July 8-9 Funders Forum. We’ve heard from 17 of you about what you liked, what needed work, and who we should be engaging in this topic. We are glad that our keynote presentations resonated with you so strongly, and we understand that deviating from our agenda wasn’t something all of you appreciated. And we were pleasantly surprised by your response to the question “should this group try to build upon the forum meeting?”

If you haven’t already completed your evaluation, it’s still available online and we’d love to know your thoughts. We will continue to update the evaluation report as more evaluations are completed.

here to see the full evaluation report.

If you haven’t yet filled out the survey, please click
here to do so now.

Your insight will help us as we decide how to move this initiative forward. We invite all of you to join us on a conference call that will be held mid-autumn to discuss the steps we should take together. Information about the date, time, and phone number of the call will be emailed to all forum participants and posted on this blog. You may also
email Heather Kelley for additional information about this call.

In the meantime, we are:

  • Drafting the “declaration of independence.” This will be sent to you by the end of August for your review and comments.

  • Developing ideas for a consortium effort to 1) test and push implementation strategies and 2) build upon each funder’s successes for implementation-focused grant making.

Got any ideas for us related to these activities – or other things? Please let us know by commenting on this post or emailing Heather.

Monday, July 27, 2009

An interesting read...

Bringing evidence to policy makers

Policy+ is a publication from the National Nursing Research Unit which aims to deliver brief overviews of evidence related to current policies affecting the nursing workforce in England, the wider United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

Issue No 19: Role for Nurses

From bench to bedside. What role for nurses in helping the NHS make better and quicker use of technological innovations?

The adoption of innovative healthcare technologies with a proven ability to deliver increased patient benefits and significant efficiencies is perceived as slower and more variable in the National Health Service (NHS) than other healthcare systems. Nurses are the largest workforce in the NHS and end users of much technology at the bedside. Drawing on a recently completed systematic review, this Policy Plus summarizes what we know – and do not know – about the nurses’ role in adopting and assimilating such innovations into routine clinical care and considers the challenges for nurse leaders.

(c) Policy +

Monday, July 20, 2009

Learning from our Neighbors to the North

Soon, we will be sharing more materials from the Funders Forum last week.

In the meantime, we thought it would be interesting to share information about the strategy employed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to translate research into practice.

"In June 2000, the Government of Canada created the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) with a bold, transformative mandate that included both health research and knowledge translation. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act (2000) states that the CIHR's aim is to excel in the creation of new knowledge and to translate that knowledge from the research setting to real-world applications in order to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.

Knowledge Translation (KT), a prominent and innovative feature of the CIHR mandate, has the potential to:

  • Significantly increase and accelerate the benefits flowing to Canadians from their investments in health research; and
  • Establish Canada as an innovative and authoritative contributor to health-related knowledge translation.

In its first four years, CIHR, through its 13 Institutes, launched innovative programs that signalled its commitment to KT and began to build capacity for knowledge translation of health research in Canada. Building on its first four years, as well as what we have learned from the many experiences and consultations with the research producer and user communities, the time is right to further define CIHR's unique role in knowledge translation. How can CIHR best respond to what we have heard from stakeholders and what we have learned about the gap between what we know and what we do? What should our niche be relative to other players? How should CIHR set future priorities, allocate resources and measure its progress?

This Strategic Plan outlines the rationale, strategic directions and operational dimensions for responding to CIHR's KT mandate for 2004-2009. It builds on the objectives of Investing in Canada's Future: CIHR's Blueprint For Health Research and Innovation (CIHR Blueprint 2007). Its development has been informed by knowledge translation research; CIHR's original Draft Framework for Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (June 2002); discussions of the CIHR Governing Council and recommendations based on the Draft Strategic Framework for Knowledge Translation - 2004-2008 (March, 2003); the work of the CIHR Governing Council Knowledge Translation Working Group in early 2004 (Annex A); and consultations with CIHR Institutes, Advisory Boards, and stakeholders."

Learn more about the Knowledge Translation Strategy 2004-2009.

Later this week, we will be sharing the slides from Lucas Held's presentation last week. Also still ahead: video from the Forum.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

INQRI Panel Presentations Now Available

At our meeting last week, we heard presentations from three INQRI grantees. You can now view their PowerPoint slides online. Remember, this is just a teaser for when we post our video in coming weeks.

Linda Costa - "Nursing-Pharmacy Collaboration on Medication Reconciliation: A Novel Approach to Information Management"

Jill Marsteller - "Linking Bloodstream Infections to Nursing Process and Context of Care"

Linda Flynn - "A Multifaceted Approach to Reducing Medication Errors"

Monday, July 13, 2009

Our next presentation

We are happy to share another of the wonderful presentations that forum participants were treated to last week. Take a look at Charles Cutler's slides for "Research, Innovations and Practical Solutions."

We hope you will take the opportunity to comment on the presentations and share any questions you may have.

More to come...

Friday, July 10, 2009

We're back!

The Health Funders Forum was a wonderful convening with much rich and lively discussion. Participants were treated to four excellent presentations, including one panel of INQRI grantees. In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing the information about our meeting with all of you. Keep an eye out for links to the presentations, photos, video, guest blogging and more!

Thank you to those who attended and for those who could not attend, but are sharing our journey via the web. We look forward to hearing from you on this very important topic. In the meantime, the slides are now available for Elizabeth Bradley's presentation, "Diffusion of New Ideas - What Works?"

Thank you!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Eve of the Funders Forum

It's hard to believe that tomorrow night, our forum begins!

We are excited to meet all of the participants in Princeton tomorrow evening for our first event: Elizabeth Bradley's presentation entitled "Diffusion of New Ideas: What Works?" Thursday, we will hear stirring presentations from Lucas Held and Charles Cutler, as well as a panel presentation featuring three INQRI grantees.

We look forward to a rich and interesting discussion... and we look forward to sharing it with our blog followers! Keep an eye on this space... video, photos, guest bloggers... much awaits you!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Two interesting reads...

Thank you to Funders Forum participant, Kate O'Malley (California HealthCare Foundation) for recommending The Science of Spread: How Innovations in Care Became the Norm, a piece prepared for her foundation by Thomas Bodenheimer, M.D.

Thanks, also, to Funders Forum speaker, Elizabeth Bradley (Yale University) for giving us permission to post her article, Research in Action: Using Positive Deviance to Improve Quality of Health Care. Co-authored by Leslie A Curry, Shoba Ramanadhan, Laura Rowe, Ingrid M Nembhard and Harlan M Krumholz.

One of our goals is to keep our meeting participants up to date on the literature in the field relating to translation and adoption. We will be posting articles and providing additional ones at our meeting. We would love to hear from you about articles you would like to see profiled. Email Heather Kelley with your ideas.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Introducing Lori Melichar and her INQRI Panel...

At our upcoming meeting, Lori Melichar, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will lead a panel of three INQRI grantees: Linda Costa, Jill Marsteller and Linda Flynn.

Lori is a labor economist and senior program officer in the department of research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During the past four years, she has coordinated the research, evaluation and performance measurement efforts of the Foundation portfolios working to improve the quality of care provided by physicians, nurses and and other health care professionals. Lori is leading the Foundation’s efforts to advance the science of Quality Improvement Research and Evaluation. In addition to serving on the leadership team of the INQRI program, she manages two other programs in the Human Capital Portfolio: Investigators in Health Policy and Health Policy Scholars. She is managing the evaluation of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, the Foundation’s efforts to transform nursing education in New Jersey and a set of evaluations of quality improvement training programs across the country. Lori is currently serving as the director for research of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM.

The Panelists:

Linda Costa
Johns Hopkins Hospital
"Nursing-Pharmacy Collaboration on Medication Reconciliation: A Novel Approach to Information Management"

Deficits in communication across the continuum of care in regards to medication use can place patients at serious risk for harm. This interdisciplinary team is examining how to economically support direct care providers in medication reconciliation in order to facilitate safe transition to and from hospital and community. The team is evaluating the effectiveness of a nurse-pharmacist clinical information coordination team in improving drug information management on admission and discharge, quantify potential harm due to reconciliation failures, and determine cost-benefit related to averted harm.

Jill Marsteller
Johns Hopkins University
"Linking Blood Stream Infection Rates to Intensive Care"

The goal of this study was to implement a comprehensive safety program including an evidence based intervention to reduce central line-associated blood stream infections while examining the context of nursing care delivery on patient outcomes. This interdisciplinary research team used the expertise of nurses to develop and deliver a quality improvement initiative that reflects the positive clinical contributions of nurses in the critical care setting. This study should inform other nurse-led medical error reduction interventions, contribute to the quality improvement literature and to the science of rigorously evaluated evidence based interdisciplinary nursing practice.

Linda Flynn
University of Maryland
"Examining the Impact of Nursing Structures and Processes on Medication Errors"

The Institute of Medicine noted that a hospital patient on average is subject to at least one medication error per day, making medication errors the most common cause of preventable adverse events. This interdisciplinary study has been designed to disentangle the effects of nursing structures and care processes on non-intercepted medication errors in acute care hospitals. The economic impact of non-intercepted medication errors will be determined to explore the business case for evidence-based recommendations.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Meet the participants...

As we get closer to the event, we will be profiling the participating organizations. This week, we invite you to learn more about the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, the VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Mission: To serve as a catalyst that engages residents and communities in shaping a health system that provides universal access to quality health care and promotes health in Connecticut. We believe that health care is a fundamental right and that our work is part of a broader movement for social and economic justice.

Learn about SustiNet, a new Foundation proposal to control health care costs, save Connecticut’s families and businesses money, and make coverage available to everyone who needs it in the state.

The VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support (CIPRS) is a new QUERI resource center that aims to facilitate accelerated improvement in the quality and performance of the VA healthcare delivery system through enhanced VA implementation practice and research. CIPRS programs include education, technical assistance and consultation to VA implementation practitioners and researchers, and development of implementation theory and methods. CIPRS also facilitates better linkages and partnerships between VA implementation researchers and VA clinical practice and policy leaders. CIPRS collaborates with CIDER, HERC and VIReC in assessing and meeting the needs of the VA implementation community.

Mission: To support children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

“We envision a nation that marshals its resources to assure that all children have an equitable and promising future – a nation in which all children thrive.”

Thursday, June 25, 2009

An interesting read...

Innovation – The Case for Multi-Level Research

Authors: Brian Leavy and David Jacobson (1998/9).
Irish British and Administrative Research, Vol. 19/20 (1), 16-35.

One of our goals is to keep our meeting participants up to date on the literature in the field relating to translation and adoption. We will be posting articles and providing additional ones at our meeting. We would love to hear from you about articles you would like to see profiled. Email Heather Kelley with your ideas.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Meet the participants...

As we get closer to the event, we will be profiling the participating organizations. This week, we invite you to learn more about Grantmakers in Health, the Health Research Alliance and the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Mission: To foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.

GIH is seeking session proposals for their 2010 Annual Meeting on Health Philanthropy Taking Risks at a Critical Time. The meeting will take place in Orlando, FL on March 10-12 and will explore how grantmakers can sustain their roles as change agents while rethinking strategies, and how grantmakers can be bold, creative, and take risks in how they approach their work and understand their missions. Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Click here for more information.

Mission: To foster collaboration among not-for-profit, non-governmental funders to support the continuum of health research and training from biomedical science to applications that advance health, by improving communication and collaboration:

  • Internally, among member organizations, to share data and best practices, informed by current information on the landscape of the health research enterprise; and

  • Externally, by encouraging communication and collaboration among grantmakers and the broader health research and policymaking communities.

Founded in 1929, the John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of health care training, research and service system innovations that will ensure the well-being and vitality of older adults. Its overall goal is to increase the nation’s capacity to provide effective, affordable care to its rapidly increasing older population. Today, the Foundation is America’s leading philanthropy with a sustained interest in aging and health.

Through its grantmaking, the John A. Hartford Foundation seeks specifically to:

  • Enhance and expand the training of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals who care for elders, and
  • Promote innovations in the integration and delivery of services for all older people.

Monday, June 22, 2009

An interesting read...

Evidence-Based Decision Making: When Should We Wait for More Information?

Authors: Kalipso Chalkldou, Joanne Lord, Alastair Fisher, Peter Littlejohns
Health Affairs, 27(6), 1642-1653.

One of our goals is to keep our meeting participants up to date on the literature in the field relating to translation and adoption. We will be posting articles and providing additional ones at our meeting. We would love to hear from you about articles you would like to see profiled. Email Heather Kelley with your ideas.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Meet the participants...

As we get closer to the event, we will be profiling the participating organizations. This week, we invite you to learn more about the Commonwealth Fund, the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Mission: To promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

The Commonwealth Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.

Mission: To strategically invest our limited resources to seed innovation, catalyze change, and create model processes that will lead to improvements in health.

The Rippel Foundation seeks to have a direct impact on the incidence and treatment of heart disease and cancer, the quality of health and life for women and the elderly, and the viability of our nation’s hospitals and healthcare delivery system.

Mission: As responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us, the Foundation forms and invests in partnerships to achieve significant, lasting and measurable results in environmental conservation, science and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Foundation’s science-based, results-driven orientation stems from the principles and interests of Gordon and Betty Moore. The Foundation operates proactively in the three specific areas of focus named in their mission statement—environmental conservation, science, and the San Francisco Bay Area—where a significant and measurable impact can be achieved. Distinct Initiatives have been created within these three Program areas. Each Initiative employs a portfolio of grants that are expected to help achieve targeted, large-scale outcomes in a specific time frame.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Introducing Charles Cutler... one of our keynote speakers

Dr. Charles Cutler was most recently the chief medical director for National Accounts for Aetna where he was responsible for the clinical strategy and clinical sales team that serves Aetna's largest customers. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Cutler was the national medical director for Quality and Clinical Integration at Aetna, responsible for national quality strategy. He also provides clinical leadership for quality-related programs, such as pay-for-performance and selective provider networks. He serves on Aetna’s Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force, the NCQA Standards Committee, and the Ambulatory Quality Alliance.

Dr. Cutler was previously the chief medical officer at the American Association of Health Plans (now known as America's Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP) in Washington, DC, where he led national initiatives to improve chronic disease care including partnerships with professional organizations and the development of local partnerships with health plans, medical societies, and public health organizations. He provided clinical and health plan operations guidance to staff responding to and drafting health care legislation on the Federal and State level. At AHIP, he served on Aetna’s external advisory committee on race and ethnic disparities.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Meet the Participants...

As we get closer to the event, we will be profiling the participating organizations. This week, we invite you to learn more about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Avon Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation.

Mission: To improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ's 2009 National Meeting will be held September 13-16, 2009 in Bethesda, MD. For more information on the meeting, click here.

Mission: To improve the lives of women, globally.

The Avon Foundation provides grants to organizations and institutions, predominantly 501(c)(3) or equivalent, in the following areas: breast cancer, domestic violence and emergency disaster relief. In 2005, the Avon Foundation celebrated 50 years of improving the lives of women and families.

Mission: To expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of the people of California. The California HealthCare Foundation is an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California. By promoting innovations in care and broader access to information, their goal is to ensure that all Californians can get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

An interesting read...

One of our goals is to keep our meeting participants up to date on the literature in the field relating to translation and adoption. We will be posting articles and providing additional ones at our meeting. We would love to hear from you about articles you would like to see profiled. Email Heather Kelley with your ideas.

In the meantime, take a look at this week's selection:
Health Research Funding Agencies’ Support and Promotion of Knowledge Translation: An International Study


The Milbank Quarterly, Vol. 86, No. 1, 2008 (pp. 125–155)
(c) 2008 Milbank Memorial Fund. Published by Blackwell Publishing.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Introducing Lucas Held... one of our keynote speakers

Lucas Bernays Held has been Director of Communications for The Wallace Foundation since 2002. He leads a team responsible for developing integrated communication strategies, including media outreach, conferences, websites, and partnerships, that help advance the Foundation’s effort to expand learning and enrichment opportunities by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices.

Previously, he was Vice President for Public Affairs at Barnard College, Columbia University, from 1998-2002, where he helped raise the college’s profile and led the crafting of the college’s first strategic plan. He was Director of College Relations at Connecticut College, and an editor at The Middletown Press of Connecticut.

He presents regularly on strategic communications, has published articles on strategic communications, music and art criticism, and contributed the lead essay in the international exhibition catalogue for In a Field of Poppies by artist Richard Harden. He is the recipient of awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the University and College Designers Association, and Admissions Marketing Report. He earned a certificate in marketing management from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a B.A. in English from Haverford College. He is a graduate of The Commonwealth School.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Introducing Dr. Elizabeth Bradley... one of our keynote speakers

Dr. Bradley is a Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. She also is the Director of the Health Management Program at Yale School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Bradley is a recognized expert in health services research with emphasis in management and implementation research, quality improvement, and health policy. She is currently conducting research in the U.S. on best practices for reduce door-to-balloon time for patients with heart attacks and diffusing new models of heart attack care to more than 1,000 hospitals throughout the U.S. In this work, she has pioneered a new approach to applying mixed methods to first characterize and then test statistically key distinguishing features of higher and lower performing hospitals in cardiovascular care. Dr. Bradley is working extensively in international settings on health system strengthening projects including improving hand hygiene and infection control policies in China with the World Health Organization, management training and evaluation for the National Health Service in the U.K. and for the Foundation for Professional Development in South Africa, enhancing hospital and county health team management functions in Liberia, and building hospital management capacity through quality improvement efforts in Ethiopia. The latter two projects are carried out in close collaboration with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative and are initiatives in which strong government relations have been fostered and sustained. Dr. Bradley was previously a hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital for several years, where she participated in the National Demonstration for Quality Improvement in Health Care. In her capacity as Principal Investigator, Dr. Bradley will oversee all aspects of the proposed project including direct supervision of the Yale Global Health Fellows and researchers and regular communication with CHAI, CIFF, and governmental officials as needed to ensure effective partnerships with all parties.

Dr. Bradley co-authored an issue brief for The Commonwealth Fund relating to the adoption of findings: Translating Research into Practice: Speeding the Adoption of Innovative Health Care Programs. Forum participants will find it interesting reading in advance of Dr. Bradley's talk in July.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

About Your Hosts

The upcoming Funders Forum will be hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) and the Donaghue Foundation. Future blog entries will profile the other organizations who will participate with us on July 8-9 in Princeton. In the meantime, however, please take this opportunity to learn more about the hosts:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mission: To improve the health and health care of all Americans.

Goal: To help Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need.

The Donaghue Foundation

Vision Statement: We envision constant improvement both in people’s health and in the way research is converted into practical benefit.

Mission Statement: We will give the vision of Ethel Donaghue its best expression and thereby honor her and her family as an engaged, imaginative and collaborative participant in the process that begins with rigorous health research and ends in realized health benefits.

The Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI)

Primary Goal: To generate, disseminate and translate research to understand how nurses contribute to and can improve the quality of patient care.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Health Funders Forum: Creating Opportunities and Breaking Down Barriers to Adoption


Private foundations that support health related projects have a wide range of missions and resources. Increasingly, these foundations seek to ensure that their initiatives are grounded in rigorous evidence. The bulk of their investments have supported the development and testing of new and innovative health services, public health practices and clinical interventions. Few invest in initiatives designed to foster translation, integration and dissemination of proven models. Those that do, often find that these efforts require much more time and resources than anticipated.

As a result, even the most effective and promising discoveries fail to reach widespread adoption. Evidence-based “best practices” still take an average of 17 years to have an impact in the real world of health care delivery. To shorten the gap between the generation and adoption of proven interventions, several Foundations are turning their attention to gaining a better understanding of the forces that move new knowledge into action.

Although there is an increasing number of stakeholders addressing the adoption of drugs and medical devices, including academic technology transfer offices, pharma companies, venture investors and organizations such as Faster Cures, there is far less attention paid to the adoption of innovations focused on individual and system change. Even less is understood about the mechanisms to accelerate and ensure the uptake of research into the world of health practice, policy, and consumer behavior.


The purpose of this funders’ forum is to bring together a group of private health funders to:

  • Gain and share information on established and emerging conceptual and theoretical models related to adoption (E.g. Roger’s innovation/diffusion theory, Implementation Science, the role of interactive media, etc.)
  • Explore the definitions, perceived value and use of research “evidence” to inform funding decisions
  • Review successful examples from realms of new knowledge adoption (e.g. agriculture/IT/education and discuss their applicability to health)
  • Share individual foundation learnings, strategies and challenges in being effective in this area
  • Identify attributes and examples of success in adoption in the health realm
  • Identify opportunities for cross foundation collaboration to promote adoption of proven approaches to health care.


  • Identify major facilitators and barriers to research translation
  • Understand how funders provide opportunities for and create barriers to adoption
  • Identify the potential to collaborate with sister funders and other sectors to speed and leverage adoption
  • Propose/recommend ways that funders can be more effective in advancing adoption of health innovations