Toolkits for CTSA Program Leaders: Developing D&I and Community-Engaged Research Capacity within a CTSA

UW ICTR has developed comprehensive Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) resources to support the translational research process. A recent publication in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science describes the essential role of stakeholder engagement in the evolution of the UW ICTR Community and Collaboration (C&Cn) component and its nationally acclaimed D&I Launchpad program.

Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, MPHMaureen Smith, UW ICTR Component Lead for C&Cn and Director of Community-Academic Partnerships, notes,

Colleagues from disciplines across campus embraced the UW CTSA mission to tackle system-wide barriers to conducting high quality community-partnered translational research. The UW story exemplifies the power of engagement to change the University culture from “silos” to interdisciplinary collaborations.

Smith gave a keynote presentation at the 2021 Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings on Building Core Partnerships and Trust with Organizations for Community-Engaged Research. (Watch the video HERE)

Two toolkits for CTSA program leaders based on the publication are available on the ICTR-supported HIPxChange dissemination portal:

Jane Mahoney, Director of the UW ICTR D&I Launchpad, adds,

Building D&I capacity requires vision and planning. With the UW ICTR Community and Collaboration component as a champion for D&I science we have partnered to build the UW ICTR D&I Launchpad into the robust program it is today.

Mahoney is a co-lead for the national CTSA D&I Working Group alongside UW colleague and co-author Andrew Quanbeck.