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New Webinar: Research Translation: Lessons from Dissemination and Implementation Research for Interventions Promoting Walking and Walkability

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Date and Time: August 18, 2016 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern

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About the Webinar

The objective of this session will be to discuss how complex research results can be translated to inform practice and policy. The presenters will describe appropriate study designs and methods for Dissemination and Implementation research. These principles will be illustrated with examples.

Public Health and Policy Dissemination Research

Ross C. Brownson, PhD, Bernard Becker Professor, Director, Prevention Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis

 This presentation will explore the field of dissemination and implementation science by providing: an overview of key concepts, critical issues for developing research proposals, useful tools and frameworks, and funding opportunities.

Translating What We Have Learned into Practice & Policy

Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc, University of California, San Diego

This presentation will describe a walking and walkability program for older adults delivered in two distinct settings and highlight how the program has developed to include more systematic leader training and sustainability planning. Dr. Kerr will share assessment methods and discuss how the data are being used in practice improvements and to raise awareness in the age-friendly policy arena.

About the Presenters

  • Translating What We Have Learned into Practice & Policy

Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc, University of California, San Diego

UntitledDr. Jacqueline Kerr is the Director of the REACH group (Research in Environments, Active Aging and Community Health) based in the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. She has received over $8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and was named in the Thompson Reuters Top Scientist list in 2014 and 2015.  She is a leader in physical activity research in older adults including delivering physical activity interventions in multiple retirement communities and senior centers in San Diego County. Her interventions are unique because she trains volunteer older adults to be peer coaches who can lead programs using evidence based techniques. In addition, the programs include advocacy training and action for improving neighborhood environments. She partners with Circulate San Diego (a pedestrian advocacy organization) to guide seniors in assessing neighborhoods features that can be improved and teaches them how to work with city leaders to make the needed changes. Her work is informed by a Community Advisory Board including leaders in Health Promotion from Aging and Independent Services, directors of senior service providers, community action group leaders, and interested older adults. She is a member of the AARP’s Liveable Communities Advisory Team and serves on the Public Health Stakeholder’s committee for SANDAG.

  • Public Health and Policy Dissemination Research

Ross C. Brownson, PhD, Bernard Becker Professor, Director, Prevention Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis  

Brownson_Ross_croppedRoss C. Brownson, PhD, is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis (Brown School and School of Medicine). He is involved in numerous community-level studies designed to understand and reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use. In particular, he is interested in the impacts of environmental and policy interventions on health behaviors and he conducts research on dissemination of evidence-based interventions (particularly in policy settings and health departments). Dr. Brownson is the author of over 450 peer-reviewed articles and 12 books, including the first comprehensive texts on multilevel obesity prevention and evidence-based public health. Prior to joining academe, he was a division director with the Missouri Department of Health (for 8 years). In this capacity, he directed statewide activities addressing chronic disease prevention and control, giving him “real world” experience. Dr. Brownson has been noted as one of the most productive (English-language) scientists in the world for public health and health promotion research (Tricco AC, et al. Can J Public Health. 2008;99:466-71) and one of the most influential scientists in the world, ranking in the top 1% in his field based on the number of highly cited papers from 2003-2013 (Thompson Reuters 2016). Dr. Brownson is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Prevention Research and Research Translation in Chronic Disease (2000, from CDC), the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions in teaching and mentoring (2003, from APHA), and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award (2009, from CDC). He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE), served on the ACE Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011, and was President in 2013-2014.

  • Moderator

James F. Sallis, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health; Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine, University of California, San Diego; Director, Active Living Research