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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes… Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)

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I am pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the annual Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) through August 26, 2016. We anticipate that this 6th year of TIDIRH will be as competitive as previous years. For those that have been involved in previous TIDIRH trainings, you are probably wondering what has taken so long for the 2016 call for applications. The simple answer is… we are in transition. 

For the past five years, TIDIRH has been an intense, five-day residency program held in different locations across the United States. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH was the original sponsor of the training and, with the partnering institutes at NIH (National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, have contributed greatly to the success of these trainings. 

With five years under our belt, we are now looking at how to scale-up and sustain TIDIRH. (Doesn’t that sound appropriate for a dissemination and implementation course?) This year we are piloting a modified course that will incorporate a three-month online course with a two-day in-person course. We are holding the in-person training right before the 9th Annual Dissemination and Implementation Conference so that selected trainees can participate in this wonderful conference, take advantage of additional learning opportunities and continue networking with others in the field. 

To date, we have trained approximately 200 researchers from the US and abroad and from a wide variety of health-related fields. The goal of the modified TIDIRH remains the same. We want to give investigators a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research and prepare them to expand the reach of the field. Each year, trainees have participated in interactive sessions and small group discussions with leading experts in the field that have helped them develop and refine dissemination and implementation research concepts. 

The Kaiser Foundation Research Institute is currently conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the first five years of the trainings so that we can understand the impact that the training has had in the field. We will also be evaluating the modified training. If feedback from the pilot is anything like responses from previous trainees, we hope to expand participation in future years. 

 “I feel like [TIDIRH] moved my research ahead at least 5-10 yrs in just 5 days -- I am looking forward to translating that into benefit to my team's target populations in global mental health.” – Susan Meffert, M.D., M.P.H. (TIDIRH Trainee 2015)

 “our RCT was funded by NINR RO1 mechanism. we will get to conduct an efficacy trial but this is also a hybrid model. We have integrated dissemination evaluation criteria. Actually, this is the project I had presented at the [TIDIRH] training 2 years ago!” – Rachel Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN (TIDIRH Trainee 2013)

“…the TIDIRH has had a tremendous impact on me in a very short time…I am pleased to report that the very same study has been funded by  The Canadian Cancer Society Research Initiative. What I learned over the course of the institute translated in to an extremely fundable proposal as you can see below. What is especially heartening, is that it was the only one funded in cancer prevention.” – Dr. Peter Selby MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, dip ABAM, FASAM (TIDIRH Trainee 2014)