KPWHRI Associate Investigator Cara Lewis, PhD, was among leading experts in implementation science who gathered at the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) conference in Seattle September 7–9. The biennial conference brings together implementation teams, researchers, and community providers to facilitate communication and collaboration. With the tagline “Opening Pandora’s Box,” this year’s conference focused on implementation mechanisms and asked, “What makes implementation work and why?”
SIRC’s president since 2014, Dr. Lewis led conference planning and was involved in several breakout sessions and plenary presentations, including:
Senior Investigator Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, and KPWHRI Affiliate Investigator Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH (Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington), led a 2 1/2 hour workshop on better care for opioid use disorder in primary care at UW's 45th annual Advances in Family Medicine and Primary Care conference on Sept. 12, 2017. The course is based on the work of Dr. Parchman's Team-based Opioid Management project, a MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation collaboration with the UW Department of Family Medicine and the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network of the Institute of Translational Health Services. About 400 physicians were in attendance at the UW Health Sciences Center as part of a five-day event of educational opportunities for family medicine and primary care health care providers.
Senior Investigator (emeritus) Daniel Cherkin, PhD, and Senior Investigator Lynn DeBar, PhD, presented at the International Back and Neck Pain Research Forum held in Oslo, Norway Sept. 12–15, 2017.
The event was the 15th international forum on back and neck pain research in primary care. Dr. Cherkin presented results from the MATCH study, which also included the work of fellow KPWHRI faculty and staff: Karen Sherman, PhD; Benjamin Balderson, PhD; Andrea Cook, PhD; Clarissa Hsu, PhD; Melissa Anderson, MS; Rob Wellman, MS; Rene Hawkes; Sarah Evers; and Kelly Hansen.
Clarissa Hsu, PhD, shared findings from the Immunity Community study at Vaccine Acceptance: Science, Policy, and Practice in a “Post-Fact” World event, which took place Sept. 25–27, 2017, at Les Pensières Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac in France.
The Immunity Community is a community engagement strategy for reducing vaccine hesitancy. Other KPWHRI faculty and staff who contributed to this work include Allen Cheadle, PhD, and Jennie Schoeppe, MPH, MSPT, of KPWHRI’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation.
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