Recognition October 2017


Dr. Cara Lewis shares expertise at implementation research conference

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:

  • The conference’s opening plenary, “Setting the Stage for Understanding Mechanisms of Implementation,” which defined implementation mechanisms and why they matter from a practical and scientific perspective. Dr. Lewis co-presented with colleagues from the National Cancer Institute and Boise State University.
  • The closing plenary, “Tailored Implementation Approaches Using Mixed Methods and Implementation Teams,” in which Dr. Lewis was part of a panel of experts who described specific methods for identifying  barriers to implementation and tailoring strategies to overcome them. 

Dr. Michael Parchman co-leads workshop at UW Family Medicine & Primary Care conference

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.

Dr. Daniel Cherkin and Dr. Lynn DeBar present at international  research forum

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, PhDBenjamin Balderson, PhDAndrea Cook, PhDClarissa Hsu, PhDMelissa Anderson, MSRob Wellman, MS; Rene Hawkes; Sarah Evers; and Kelly Hansen.

Dr. Clarissa Hsu presented Immunity Community findings at worldwide meeting on vaccine acceptance

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