Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH
The Implementation Research Institute (IRI) recently highlighted the work of Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH and Erin Finley, PhD, MPH as prime examples of how implementation science can improve health services and change communities. In partnership with the IRI, the Translational Science Benefits Model project recognized six case studies that showcase the impact of IRI fellows’ and alums’ work – and the impact of the IRI itself as a mentored network. The Translational Model was designed to help measure clinical and community health impacts in order to enhance public health and wellbeing. The implementation initiative led by Drs. Hamilton and Finley aims to increase access to preventive telehealth services for women Veterans. This ongoing work is done through the QUERI Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention (EMPOWER) program. EMPOWER QUERI strives to expand access to virtual, evidence-based, preventive services for women Veterans.
Erin Finley, PhD, MPH
Dr. Hamilton leads EMPOWER QUERI and is the Chief Officer of Implementation & Policy for HSR&D’s Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP) in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Finley is an EMPOWER QUERI Co-PI and leads CSHIIP Qualitative Methods Group. The IRI is a learning collaborative of implementation researchers that is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and VA. The IRI was established to advance the field of implementation science in mental health by enhancing the career development of investigators new to this field.