Four Pilot Projects Funded

June 19, 2019

Center for Dissemination & Implementation Awards Four Pilot Projects

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation (CDI) Seed Funding Program annually awards funding  to multiple projects to help advance D&I research. The awards are managed by the CDI, and funded in part or fully by various partners. These seed funding awards are designed to develop the research projects to the point that they’re ready to compete for external funding.

Optimizing Donor Management in Lung Transplantation – Varun Puri, MD, MSCI

Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, School of Medicine

Lung transplantation offers the only curative therapy for end-stage lung disease. However, only 20% of organ donors are considered suitable for lung donation. Dr. Puri’s group has convincingly demonstrated that a lung protective management (LPM) care algorithm significantly increases lung usability (to about 35%). Funding will help develop dissemination and implementation strategies to assist wide adoption of the LPM care algorithm for donor management across the United States.

Funded by the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences

Understanding Implementation of EBIs through child care to improve children’s health – Stephanie Mazzucca, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Prevention Research Center, Brown School

Go NAPSACC is a widely-used, evidence-based intervention to improve environments (facilitating health, healthy eating, and physical activity) in childcare centers. Despite its popularity, we don’t really understand what is needed to implement it successfully. This study will use a mixed-methods approach to address this gap in knowledge to determine which implementation strategies are used, and how and why implementation strategies are chosen.

Co-funded by the Center for Diabetes Translation Research and the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health.

Telemedicine Infectious Diseases Consultation at Rural Hospitals – Jason Burnham, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Drug resistant infections threaten human health. Infectious diseases physicians improve care of patients with this type of infection, however 45% of hospitals do not have access to an infectious diseases physician. This project seeks to understand the barriers that preclude the use of telemedicine to overcome this access gap. Through this understanding, we can overcome these barriers and improve public health, particularly for populations obtaining care at rural and/or underserved hospitals.

Funded by the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences

Contextual factors affecting use of eggs in school feeding programs in Cap Haitien, Haiti – Lora Iannotti, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Public Health, Brown School

Haiti’s school feeding programs emphasize providing calories, offering items such as rice, beans, or maize. These foods lack key nutrients necessary for proper growth and brain development. Eggs have been shown to positively impact child growth and biomarkers of micronutrients associated with brain development yet are underutilized within school feeding programs. The Ze Lekol Project will explore contextual factors that may influence the potential to include local eggs in school feeding programs in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Co-funded by the Global Health Center and the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health.