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

Team putting hands togetherThe University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (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 SmithMaureen Smith, UW ICTR Component Lead for C&Cn, Director of Health Innovation Program, 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.” Dr. 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 HIPxChange dissemination portal:

Jane MahoneyJane 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.” Dr. Mahoney is a co-lead for the national CTSA D&I Working Group alongside UW colleague, co-author, and HIP Investigator Andrew Quanbeck.

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