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Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science

The vision of the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS) is to advance equitable access to evidence-based public health and medical interventions by: accelerating the impact of research across the translational continuum; training the next generation of dissemination and implementation scientists and practitioners; and serving as a hub of pragmatic dissemination and implementation science research at the Feinberg School of Medicine, locally, domestically, and globally.

Director's Message

Director, IPHAM Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science

Welcome to the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS) website! CDIS was established in August 2022 to serve as the main hub at Northwestern for facilitating and conducting dissemination and implementation science research.

The overarching vision of CDIS is to advance equitable access to evidence-based public health and medical interventions in community and clinical service settings. Broadly speaking, CDIS aims to answer the question, “How do we equitably and intentionally bridge the gap between public health/medical knowledge (what we know) and public health/medical practice (what we do)?” To address this question, our network of collaborators conducts programmatic research that integrates both patient-focused dissemination (e.g., direct-to-consumer marketing, technology-assisted interventions) and provider- and organization-focused implementation (e.g., multi-level implementation approaches, workforce development) strategies.

As a new center, we are actively engaged in a strategic planning process to determine our short-term goals and the metrics to measure them. In the meantime, our work is guided by aspirations in three key areas. First, we aim to accelerate the impact of research across the translational continuum via collaboratively designed research and implementation strategies that can be deployed across diverse service settings. Second, we aspire to foster the next generation of dissemination and implementation scientists and practitioners by diversifying the workforce and building a robust pipeline of students, trainees, staff, and faculty passionate about research translation. Finally, we aim to foster collaborations across the Northwestern community in order to galvanize progress towards a shared goal of improving public health and health equity.

You can read more about the vision for the Center in a recent IPHAM faculty spotlightWe encourage you to reach out to us to share your enthusiasm for dissemination and implementation science research and services at Northwestern. 

Sara Becker, PhD

Become a Member

To become a member of CDIS, fill out this form. All Northwestern-affiliated faculty are welcome, including those affiliated with Lurie Children's, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, and Northwestern Medicine.

Contact Us

For all other inquiries, contact:

Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science
633 North St Clair
Chicago, IL 60611
cdis@northwestern.edu

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