For the July Advanced Topics in Implementation Science webinar, we were pleased to be joined by Dr. Stephen Bartels from The Dartmouth Institute. Steve’s presentation “Are Learning Collaboratives Effective in Implementing Interventions for Obesity and Tobacco Dependence to Reduce Early Mortality in People with Mental Illness?” described health promotion interventions for obesity and tobacco dependence in persons with mental illness. It touched on the use of health coaches, mHealth, and social media. He also shared results of a statewide learning collaborative will be discussed followed by a description of an ongoing multi-state randomized trial comparing learning collaboratives to targeted technical assistance in the implementation of an evidence-based health promotion program including organizational, provider, and patient-level outcomes. We would love to have your thoughts about next steps and opportunities to use learning collaboratives as an implementation strategy, as well as your responses to the following questions:
· What are the most pressing scientific questions about the use of learning collaboratives?
· Are there specific conceptual models for D&I that map onto learning collaboratives as an implementation strategy?
· Have you used learning collaboratives in your own research or within practice? What has been your experience with them?
We look forward to continuing the discussion on R2R!