The Implementation Science Fellowship Program

Published: Monday 7th December 2020

North Carolina Central University’s Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) conducts multidisciplinary and inter-institutional research focused on health issues that disproportionately affect minority and underserved populations. With a focus on students, the institute provides research experiences that enhance their access to careers in the biomedical sciences.

The Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute will, through the support of our Foundation and other funders, launch a one-year pilot program to examine how research-based health findings can be used more effectively to address health disparities and improve patient care in minority populations. 

Addressing Health Disparities through Implementation Science

According to the National Institutes of Health U.S. Library of Medicine, it takes 17 years on average for new evidence-based information to make its way into the routine practices of most clinicians. Patients with diseases that disproportionately affecting minority populations may be even slower to benefit from new findings, because less than 8% of the scientific community is composed of underrepresented minorities. 

“A lot of information coming out of labs and other research initiatives is evidence based,  but it takes so much time to get this new information implemented in the community,” said Dr. Deepak Kumar,  Director of the Chambers Research Institute. “By the time that it reaches them it may be too late, and it may not reach some communities at all.” 

The program is in the field of implementation science, which studies the transformation of evidence-based findings into real-world applications. The NCCU team will be focused on ways that community-based interventions and health care innovations discovered through research can be applied in underserved communities to address health disparities. 

“The contributions of NC Central University’s Julius L. Chambers Biotechnology/Biomedical Research Institute in researching and combatting health disparities is truly impressive, and we are honored to support their efforts to embed and disseminate the practice of implementation science in North Carolina and beyond,” said Ylann Schemm, Director of our Foundation. 

“We are looking forward to supporting Dr. Kumar and his team to understand what Elsevier expertise, content, data and analytics can add to this valuable partnership, transforming research into solid, community-based interventions to tackle health disparities,” said Vice President for Education Content Kevonne Holloway, an alumna of NCCU. 

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