CoHSTAR Holds Summer Institute in Rhode Island

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) held its fourth Implementation Science Institute on May 1 – 2 in Providence, Rhode Island with the support of leaders in physical therapist health services research.

The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) held the fourth Implementation Science Institute on May 1 – 2 in Providence, Rhode Island. Supported by a Foundation for Physical Therapy Research grant and cosponsored by Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, the event provided opportunities for over 100+ researchers and clinical leaders to develop strategies to improve the quality and effectiveness of rehabilitative care.

CoHSTAR was originally established with a 5-year Foundation grant of $2.5 million in 2015. Funding for this initiative was made possible with a $1 million gift from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), gifts from APTA components, and donations from physical therapists, foundations, and corporations with a shared passion for the field of physical therapy.

Speakers and Panels

The two-day Implementation Science Institute kicked off with the keynote address by Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH on Driving Innovation, Implementation, and Sustainability, and continued its course with leaders in the field, including:

  • Jason M. Beneciuk, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH
  • Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Peter Coyle, PT, PhD
  • Janet Freburger, PT, PhD
  • Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD
  • Addie Middleton, PT, PhD
  • Jennifer Moore, PT, DHSc, NCS
  • Justin D. Moore, PT, DPT
  • Amy M. Pastva, PT, MA, PhD
  • Byron Powell, PhD
  • Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Joel Stevans, PhD, DC
  • Julie Tilson, PT, DPT, MS, NCS
  • Daniel Kenta White, PT, ScD, MSc

Speakers presented implementation science topics and panels discussed different perspectives on the implementation agenda. The institute also included platform presentations and a poster session where the participants presented their research abstracts to fellow researchers.

In continuation of previous institutes, CoHSTAR sponsored its 4th Health Service Research Intensive Workshop on the second day of the event. Accepted  workshop applicants discussed draft research projects. Through a one-on-one consultation with CoHSTAR faculty, the workshop participants discussed different strategies to improve their research agenda.

CoHSTAR held its first 2016 Summer Institute at Boston University, and has been hosting the event each year since through the support of the Foundation grant. The summer institutes have been a valuable opportunity for many researchers and clinical leaders, providing the opportunities to discuss the latest groundbreaking research among their peers and the transformation of health services research in physical therapy.

Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA welcoming the attendees on the first day of the 2019 Implementation Science Institute

Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH giving Keynote Address on Driving Innovation, Implementation, and Sustainability

(Pictured left to right) Peter Coyle, PT, PhD, Janet Freburger, PT, PhD, Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD, and Julie Tilson, PT, PhD moderating the panel discussion on Implementation Science Study Examples

Gretchen Seif presenting her research - Transferring Weekend Continuing Education to Monday Morning Patient Care: A Pilot Study for Quality Improvement

APTA CEO Justin D. Moore, PT, DPT, Jennifer Moore, PT, DHSc, NCS, and Daniel Kenta White, PT, ScD, MSc, discuss different perspectives on Implementation Agenda for Physical Therapy

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