Innovative models to facilitate more rapid uptake of research findings into practice are urgently needed. Community members who engage in research can accelerate this process by acting as adoption agents. We implemented an Evidence Academy conference model bringing together researchers, health care professionals, advocates, and policy makers across North Carolina to discuss high-impact, life-saving study results. The overall goal is to develop dissemination and implementation strategies for translating evidence into practice and policy. Each 1-day, single-theme, regional meeting focuses on a leading community-identified health priority. The model capitalizes on the power of diverse local networks to encourage broad, common awareness of new research findings. Furthermore, it emphasizes critical reflection and active group discussion on how to incorporate new evidence within and across organizations, health care systems, and communities. During the concluding session, participants are asked to articulate action plans relevant to their individual interests, work setting, or area of expertise.
This report describes an Evidence Academy conference model for dissemination and implementation strategies for translating evidence into practice and policy to achieve better health outcomes.
Consortium for Implementation Science, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health (Dr Rohweder and Ms Scott), The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (Mss Laping, Diehl, and Enga), 4CNC Comprehensive Cancer Control Collaborative of North Carolina, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (Ms Moore), Department of Social Medicine, UNC School of Medicine (Drs Isler and Corbie-Smith), and Department of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine (Drs Dave and Corbie-Smith), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Primary Care Systems, South Atlantic Division, American Cancer Society, Asheville, North Carolina (Ms Black); and Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (Dr Melvin).
Correspondence: Catherine L. Rohweder, DrPH, Consortium for Implementation Science, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #7411, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (email@example.com).
The authors thank Drs Ashonda Assad, Mark Petruzziello, and Sam Cykert, for serving as medical directors; Xavier McCutcheon and Lori Smith, for providing logistical support; Michelle Maclay and Shaina Schreuder, for providing communications support; and the many community-based organizations across North Carolina that contributed to our events.
Funding for the Evidence Academies was provided by the following: (1) The University Cancer Research Fund, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; (2) The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, grant award 1UL1TR001111 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health; (3) 4CNC Comprehensive Cancer Control Collaborative of North Carolina, Cooperative Agreement U48-DP000059 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; (4) Southeastern US Collaborative Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities, grant award #U58-DP000984 and #U48-DP001907 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.