Implementation Learning Community (ILC)

The Implementation Learning Community (ILC) meetings bring together health center staff across the state of Massachusetts to network and collaborate among partner sites and participate in expert panels, presentations, small group discussions, case studies, and more. These community meetings focus on topics based on feedback from health center partners in priority areas that they highlight related to implementation science, health equity and cancer prevention. The ILCs are virtual and are held quarterly. We hope to bring the community together in-person soon.

If you have any questions about the ILC, please contact Maddie Davies.

You can view the latest recordings from previous ILC meetings below or at the ISCCCE Vimeo page.

May 2024: Session I – Learning from ISCCCE Research Partnerships – Results and Next Steps

Description: Three ISCCCE partnership pilot results and next steps were presented by their lead investigator followed by a panel and a moderated discussion featuring CHC staff. The presentations included Social Risk Screening Data Missingness, Improving the Usability of a Partnered and Equity Data-Driven Implementation (PEDDI) Process for Cancer Screening, and Community Advisory Boards as Implementation Strategies to Center Partner and Patient Voice in CHCs.

Presenters: Cristina Huebner Torres, PhD, MA, Caring Health Center | Sebastien Haneuse, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD, ISCCCE Methods Unit | Rebekka Lee, ScD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

January 2024: Elevating the Critical and Unique Role of CHWs in Improving Health and Wellbeing

Description: This meeting focused on the critical role of community health workers in community health centers featuring a presentation and a panel discussion that included clinician and CHW perspectives.

Presenter: Heidi Behforouz, MD, LA County of Department of Health Services

October 2023: Language Barriers in Healthcare

Description: This meeting featured a presentation on language barriers, disparities, and assistance followed by breakout groups where participants discussed a case study and shared successes and challenges at their health centers.

Presenter: Alicia Fernandez, MD, University of California, San Francisco

June 2023: Health Center Community Engagement: Exploring Strategies for Implementation and Measurement

Description: There was a presentation on sustaining and expanding community advisory boards and a discussion on how health center community advisory boards/groups can support the implementation of evidence-based practices.

Presenters: Rebekka Lee, ScD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Vetta Thompson, PhD, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

April 2023: Co-Design of a Data-Driven Process to Advance Health Equity at Community Health Centers

Description: The Stakeholder and Equity Data Driven Implementation (SEDDI) model was presented and participants had the opportunity to give input to improve the usefulness of the model with the goal of getting it ready to be used in community health centers to improve health equity in cancer screening and other initiatives.

Presenter: Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD, ISCCCE Methods Unit

February 2023: How to Share Data and Build Trust with Communities to Improve Health

Description: This meeting focused on data in health equity and featured a presentation on sharing public health data and building trust with communities. Following the keynote presentation, Azara Healthcare provided a demonstration of their new health equity dashboards that community health centers can build.

Presenter: Margarita Alegria, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

October 2022: The Experience of Primary Care during the Pandemic – Where the Sidewalk Ends

Description: This meeting featured a presentation on primary care and community health center workforce based off of results from an ongoing national survey of providers.
Presenter: Rebecca S. Etz, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

June 2022: Community Health Center Perspectives on Health Equity: Insights, Lessons Learned, & Future Directions for Advancing Equity

Description: This meeting featured a presentation on what the Harvard ISCCCE team learned from interviews exploring community health center professionals’ perspectives on defining, measuring, and addressing health equity in cancer prevention and control.
Presenter: Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD, ISCCCE Methods Unit

February 2022: Shared Decision Making

Description: This meeting focused on shared decision-making among providers and patients in cancer screening and other pressing health topics.
Presenters: Karen Sepucha, PhD, MGH Health Decision Sciences Center | Leigh Simmons, MD, MGH Health Decision Sciences Center

December 2021: Intersections Between Quality improvement (QI), Implementation Science (IS) and Healthcare Delivery Science

Description: This meeting focused on the intersections between quality improvement (QI) and implementation science (IS), and healthcare delivery science. The presentation will be followed by a moderated panel discussion to dive deeper into QI vs IS.

Presenter: Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP, FCCM, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

September 2021: Equitable Delivery of Care and Overcoming Barriers to Preventive Care

Description: This meeting focused on promoting equitable delivery of care in diverse populations, community engagement, and overcoming barriers to preventive care such as lung cancer screening.

Presenters: Dr. Efrén Flores, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital | Dr. Elyse Park, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

July 2021: Community Health Center Panel Discussion on Dual Screening Colorectal Cancer and Social Needs Pilot

Descriptions: This meeting featured a panel presentation by each of the four community health centers currently implementing the dual screening colorectal cancer and social needs pilot.

Presenters: Marjanna Barber-Dubois, Manet Community Health Center | Annette Thomas, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center | Ashley Prettyman, Harbor Health Services, Inc. | Angela Miller and Lindsey Roberts, Lowell Community Health Center