Founded in 2017, the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS), housed in the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, contributes high-impact, cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge to advance health research and improve health outcomes within the field of dissemination and implementation science. Our work informs theory, intervention development and testing, and the implementation and sustainment of evidence-based programs in real-world settings in the US and globally. With an emphasis on health disparities and health equity, CDIS scholars are engaged in research on the determinants (e.g., facilitators, barriers, etc.), strategies, and constraints of implementation, new and innovative research methods, solutions to implementation challenges, and health and implementation outcomes of diverse public health programs.
CDIS scholars draw on theories and principles from diverse fields (e.g., behavioral and social sciences, public health, medicine, economics, public policy, etc.) and recognize key components of translational research. The primary focus areas of the Center include, but are not limited to, community empowerment, mental health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, substance use, aging, homelessness, intimate partner violence, and urban and global health.
Within the developing field of implementation science, CDIS provides an intellectual and collaborative space for scholars to grow and learn from each other and share resources, creating an environment for more impactful and sustainable implementation science research, practice, and education.