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December 2021
Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research
The Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research (CCQIR) serves as the nexus for implementation and improvement research and education at VUMC.
The Center conducts research and assists Vanderbilt teams with the design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical quality improvement strategies that address prevention, diagnostics, and therapeutics in clinical care, as well as care delivery. CCQIR brings together 40 multidisciplinary faculty members from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Management with expertise in quality improvement, patient safety, health care delivery, high-value care, and implementation science. 
Through the Vanderbilt Implementation and Quality Improvement (VIQI) Core, we provide consultation services to promote the rigorous evaluation of initiatives to implement evidence-based practice and improve the quality, safety, and value of healthcare delivery. Our faculty can assist with theories and frameworks, study design, program evaluation measures and metrics, and grant or manuscript preparation. We also curate a list of resources for implementation and improvement research.
CCQIR supports a weekly Scholarly Series, journal clubs, a peer mentorship group, and an Implementation Science graduate course housed in the Vanderbilt Master of Public Health program. All are welcome to attend our weekly Scholarly Series; the schedule and more information can be found here.
The Center also supports several funded training programs in implementation science and learning health system research. Faculty-level K12 career development programs include the Vanderbilt Scholars in T4 Translational Research (V-STTaR) Program and the Learning Health System Scholars (LHSS) Program. Post-doctoral research fellowships include the Patient / pRactice Outcomes Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science (PROgRESS) T32 Training Program, as well as the VA Quality Scholars Program.
Connect with CCQIR
Follow us on Twitter! @VUMCImplement

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc
Carolyn Audet, PhD
Associate Director
Amanda Mixon, MD, MS, MSPH
Core Director
Lyndsay Nelson, PhD
Scholarly Series Director
Works in Progress Seminar Series
Zoom information can be found in the weekly Works in Progress flyer email.
New HSR Faculty
Cristian Chandler, PhD, recently joined VUMC as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. The focus of his research is social justice, health equity, and disease prevention among sexual and gender minorities particularly in the communities of color. Dr. Chandler has special interest in community-engaged research and biobehavioral HIV prevention. Dr. Chandler has collaborated in HIV seroprevalence data collection and analysis for Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women in a community-engaged project, studying the impact of syndemics on HIV prevention outcomes. He was a research coordinator in the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN) managing structural change development and community mobilization through the Connect to Protect® coalitions. Working as a liaison between the community and clinical services for HIV/STI prevention and treatment, and he was Co-PI of a grant to encourage family planning engagement in youth of color. 
Accomplishments of CHSR Faculty
Adam Wright, PhD, received the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in San Diego on Oct. 30, 2021. This award is given annually by the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) to an individual for contributions that advance biomedical informatics on the national or international level.  Read more
Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, was honored among top health care leaders in the 2021 “Women to Watch” by Nashville Medical News. Dr. Winkfield, along with 10 other leaders, were honored for their expertise and efforts in advancing health care at a recent breakfast hosted by the health care-focused newspaper. Read more
Robert Dittus, MD, MPH, the Albert and Bernard Werthan Professor of Medicine received an award for Excellence in Mentoring Translational Scientists during the Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum on November 4th, 2021. Read more
Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center Workshop:
More info here: and folks can email Elise ( with any questions!
Funding Opportunities for Faculty and Postdocs
Vanderbilt Faculty Research Scholars (VFRS)
TL1 Postdoctoral Translational Science Scholars (TL1)
Important Due Dates: 
Survey of Intent due by January 17, 2022
Application due by February 15, 2022 
For more information, please reach out to Rebecca Helton, Senior Program Manager, Edge for Scholars
SGIM Annual Meeting 2022
The Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) is accepting proposals for Scientific Abstracts, Clinical Vignettes, Innovations in Healthcare Delivery and Innovations in Medical Education to be presented at the Annual Meeting. SGIM encourages submissions that address this year’s meeting theme - Dimensions of a Generalist Career: Discovery, Equity, and Impact.

For more information visit the SGIM website.
IMPH Holiday Toy and Food Drive
Digestive Disease Research Pilot Project Funding Opportunity
All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent by January 10, 2022. Applications are due March 8,2022. Please visit Digestive Disease Research website for more information!
Congratulations to CHSR Investigators on these New Awards!
CHSR new grant awards (October - November 2021)
  • Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD: Vanderbilt-Meharry PARTNERS Program, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation
  • Jennifer Lewis, MD, MPH: Measuring Provider Engagement in Lung Cancer Screening, Lungevity Foundation
  • Beth Malow, MD: Harnessing the Project ECHO Framework to Build Capacity for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in IDD, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Bobo Tanner, MD, CCD: Clinical Characteristics, including History of MI and Stroke, among US Post-Menopausal Women Initiating Treatment with Romosozumab and Other Anti-Osteoporosis Therapies, Amgen, Inc.
  • Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI: Health Equity Inventory Enhancement, Association of American Medical Colleges
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