Introduction to the Center

View a presentation on the overview of the Center. The CHEDIR was founded to conduct applied health research to build the scientific basis for a field of translational studies. Translational studies consist of translational practice and translational research. Initial core funding for CHEDIR is provided by the Institute for Health Research (IHR).

Our Mission

Conduct research on the production and dissemination of applicable concepts and practical tools for the integration of health care research and practice. To serve as a collaborative learning laboratory and a resource to stimulate, support, and evaluate high-priority translational research.

Our Vision

The vision for the Center for Health Education Dissemination and Implementation Research (CHEDIR) is to advance the field of dissemination and implementation research and to offer concrete assistance to narrow the gap between health research, practice and policy, especially as they apply to reducing health disparities. We do this by partnering with organizations and on projects targeting disparities in health and health care among racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, health literacy, and geopolitical populations and offering tools and technical assistance at the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting stages for interventions. To contribute prominently in setting the national agenda for defining and advancing the fields of

1) implementation and dissemination research in terms of both translational research (the science of dissemination) and

2) Identification and use of best processes for translational practice (the art of translation)

Our Focus

The Center, while focused at multiple levels, including regional, national and international, also has a research and technical assistance role with the national Kaiser Permanente system. This role helps to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of healthcare delivery through the provision and study of:

• Formative evaluation, including social network analysis and health literacy issues;

• Research-based translation strategies;

• Tools to enhance implementation and dissemination success; and

• Organizational processes.

Research Tracks

One research track concerns tests of the purposive spread of evidence-based practices among diverse settings. Another track concerns tests of the factors responsible for the generalizability and replication of program effectiveness. In both cases, a third CHDIR research emphasis of economic and cost-effectiveness analyses is being integrated with other measures, such as rate of adoption, program reach, organizational adaptation, theoretic fidelity (implementation of theory-based principles), and program re-invention or modification, and maintenance.

Who We Are

Arne L. Beck, PhD, Co-Director, Contact Dr. Beck  

Arne L. BeckDr. Beck is the Director of Quality Improvement and Strategic Research of the Institute for Health Research and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. He is also the KPCO site investigator for the Mental Health Research Network and is Chair Emeritus for Board of Directors of the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a community mental health center serving the Colorado counties of Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek. Dr. Beck's areas of research include mental health services, chronic illness care, geriatrics, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health, and the effectiveness of worksite wellness programs. 

David W. Price, MD, Co-Director, Contact Dr. Price
David W. PriceDr. Price is the Director of Medical Education for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and the Permanente Federation in Oakland, CA, the clinical lead for Integrated Behavioral Health Guidelines for Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute, a Kaiser Permanente family physician, and Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a clinician researcher in the Institute for Health Research, where he also serves as co-Director of the Center for Health Dissemination and Implementation Research. His research focuses on mental health issues in primary care, translation of evidence into practice, health care disparities, and the effectiveness of educational interventions.

Bonnie Leeman-Castillo, PhD, Center Manager/Affiliate Investigator, Contact Dr. Leeman-Castillo

Bonnie Leeman-CastilloDr. Leeman-Castillo  is a senior project manager with the Institute for Health Research and the center manager for the Center for Health Education Dissemination and Implementation Research.  Dr. Leeman-Castillo holds a PhD from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Masters in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University. Her research interests include treatment seeking behaviors, health disparities, healthy eating active living, and the use of health information technology to engage patients and providers in changing health behavior.  



Support Staff

Michelle Henton, MA, Site Support, Contact Ms. Henton

Michelle HentonMs. Henton completed her MA in sociology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and holds a BS in psychology from Missouri State University. During her Master's program, Ms. Henton completed research focused on social interaction, religion, technology, and community. She also assisted Dr. Jennifer Dunn with her book titled, Judging Victims: Why We Stigmatize Survivors and How They Reclaim Respect. Ms. Henton joined KP Colorado in March 2011.  

Several other investigators and staff from the Institute for Health Research also contribute actively to the CHEDIR. Visit the Institute for Health Research's website to see other investigators. The Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research has provided funding for the workgroup's ongoing work and for developing this website.