About the Center

Mission

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to ensure that the most effective services are delivered in health and public health settings.

What is dissemination and implementation (D&I)?

Dissemination is the targeted distribution of information to specific public health audiences. The intent is to spread information about the latest and most important public health research findings, and the kinds of interventions, programs and policies that are proven to be most effective.

Implementation is the use of strategies to help move the most effective interventions, programs and policies into community-based settings. Implementation strategies include professional training, changes in organizational context and culture, infrastructure changes, and various policies and funding approaches—all designed to overcome the challenges and barriers associated with improving public health services.

What is dissemination and implementation research?

Dissemination and implementation research is the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of proven clinical treatments, programs and policies into routine use in new settings. D&I research are relatively young branches of health services research aimed at translating new biomedical and public health knowledge into changes in the behavior of health-care professions, patients or the general public. Implementation research seeks to understand the processes and factors that are associated with successful integration of evidence-based interventions within a particular setting (e.g., a clinic, a hospital, a worksite or school).

According to the National Institutes of Health, closing the gap between research discovery and clinical and community practice is both a complex challenge and an absolute necessity if we are to ensure that all populations benefit from the nation’s investments in scientific discoveries.

Contact & Location

The offices for the Center for Dissemination and Implementation are located within the Institute for Public Health at Washington University School in St. Louis.

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Our Team

Director: Enola K. Proctor, PhD
Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the Brown School
314-935-6660 | ekp@wustl.edu
Enola K. Proctor faculty scholar profile

Manager: Matthew T. Brown, MPH
314-747-0807 | matbrown@wustl.edu