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  • Have you been told your proposal needs an implementation aim?
    Not sure which implementation outcome is right for you?
    Lost in the bewildering array of implementation frameworks?


    The Dissemination, Implementation, and Improvement Science Core (DIISC) is here to help. We offer advice and consultation on:

    • D&I proposal aims
    • D&I frameworks, theories, and logic models
    • D&I methodological designs
    • D&I measures
    • D&I analytic strategies
    • Quality improvement processes
    • Community engagement strategies
    • Program evaluation strategies
    * One-on-one consulting sessions are currently limited to grant proposals.

     Consultation services are currently offered two ways:

    • Informal happy hours/Drop-in Clinic. These will be held on the first Thursday of every month from 4:00 – 6:00 pm online via Zoom. Register here
    • One-on-one consulting session with a DIISC team member. To schedule a session, complete the Request a Consultation form using the tab above. Please familiarize yourself with our team members and their backgrounds, via the Team tab above, prior to filling out the consultation request form. We do our best to schedule individualized consulting sessions within 3-4 weeks of your initial request. Meeting locations and times will vary per team member.

    What does it cost?

    • Attendance at the happy hour is free and open to everyone. Feel free to drop in with your questions.
    • One-on-one consulting sessions are also free but are limited to two per proposal/project.
  • Larry R Hearld, PhD
    Larry R Hearld, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

    Associate Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Larry R. Hearld, PhD is an organizational scientist with special emphasis on implementation science (IS) in health care. His IS expertise focuses on the use of implementation strategies to overcome organizational and other contextual barriers to implementing and scaling-up evidence-based practices, the application of IS frameworks to improve implementation processes, and the selection and application of measures to assess implementation and implementation strategy outcomes. His work utilizes a wide range of study designs (hybrid type II and III, stepped wedge) and data collection and evaluation techniques (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method). He also teaches three doctoral-level courses in research methods, implementation science and evaluation.

    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD
    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology

    School of Public Health
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD is a genetic epidemiologist and dissemination science researcher. Her expertise is in health disparities, genetic and applied epidemiology, statistical genetics, and implementation/dissemination science. Dr. Hidalgo has vast expertise in cardiometabolic diseases. Within the scope of dissemination specifically, Dr. Hidalgo has extensive research experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating social media communication studies. Dr. Hidalgo has a long track record of funding from the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Heart Association.
    Allyson Varley, PhD
    Allyson Varley, PhD
    Social Media Liason, Preventive Medicine

    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Allyson Varley, PhD is a health services and implementation researcher. Her expertise is in: using rapid qualitative approaches to evaluate implementation context, developing and testing quantitative measures to assess implementation context, selecting and applying implementation frameworks, selecting and tailoring implementation strategies, designing implementation trials, and mixed-methods implementation evaluation. She has specific training and expertise in the use of implementation facilitation as an implementation strategy (VA BH QUERI implementation facilitation program).

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  • Larry R Hearld, PhD

    Larry R Hearld, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration
    Associate Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

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