LeaRRn Podcast

In this pilot, LeaRRn program manager Maggie Whitten will explain the purpose of the podcast as well as some of the goals of LeaRRn. To visit the LeaRRn website please click on the following link: https://sites.brown.edu/learrn/.

Date: December 15th, 2021

In today’s episode, Dr. Charles Friedman presents “Essence of the Learning Health System,” an introduction to the concept of learning health systems, how they work, and what such an approach offers those seeking to improve health care.

Dr. Friedman is the Chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences and the Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as a professor of information and of public health. Dr. Friedman first explored the concept of Learning Health Systems in 2010 through the Institute of Medicine while at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and now serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Learning Health Systems. Dr. Friedman’s research emphasizes large-scale information infrastructures and resources to improve health, how individuals and groups interact with information resources, and methods for studying the outcomes of these interactions.

In today’s episode, Dr. Alan Jette presents “Challenges in Adopting Systematic Outcome Measurement in the Learning Health System.” 

Dr. Jette is a former Professor of Interprofessional Studies in the “PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences” program and in the Department of Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute. He is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training at Boston University. As a physical therapist, and an internationally recognized expert in the measurement of function and disability, he has developed numerous instruments that assess function and disability, and has published numerous articles on these topics in the rehabilitation, geriatrics, and public health literature.

In today’s episode, Dr. Christopher Forrest presents “The Learning Health System Science Competencies.” 

Dr. Forrest is Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Research, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute; and Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the Principal Investigator for PedsNet, a consortium of children’s hospitals that conducts patient-centered outcomes research among children and youth. Dr. Forrest is also the author of the seminal manuscript titled Development of the Learning Health System Researcher Core Competencies.

In today’s episode, Dr. Margo Edmunds presents “Consumer Informatics and Digital Inclusion: Implications for Research on Engagement.” 

Dr. Edmunds is Vice President of Evidence Generation and Translation at AcademyHealth, and Director of the Center on Diversity, Inclusion, and Minority Engagement. She specializes in health information and communications technology and has expertise in consumer engagement, social determinants of health, risk communication, and health equity. She began her career on the affiliate clinical staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital and taught health policy and health communications for several years as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, while serving in executive positions at non-profit and corporate settings.  Her co-edited book Consumer Informatics and Digital Health was released in February 2019 by Springer.  

In today’s episode, Dr. Natalie Leland presents “Developing and executing stakeholder-engaged rehabilitation research.”

Dr. Leland is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an expert in stakeholder engagement, secondary data analysis, implementation science, and evaluating the impact of health services in post-acute and long-term care settings. Spanning her interests in occupational therapy, aging, and health services research, Dr. Leland is actively engaged with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Gerontological Society of America, and AcademyHealth.

In today’s episode, Dr. Brian Mittman presents “Implementation in Complex Systems: Lessons Learned from Embedded Research, Multilevel Interventions and Complex Health Interventions,”  

Dr. Brian Mittman, Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation, Division of Health Services Research and Implementation Science. He co-leads the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Implementation and Improvement Science Initiative, and has additional affiliations with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and RAND Health Program. Mittman chaired the planning committee that launched the journal Implementation Science, and is currently co-editor-in-chief emeritus. He was a founding member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Health Care Quality Improvement and Implementation, and past chair of the NIH Special Emphasis Panel on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.

In today’s episode, Dr. Pamela Duncan presents “Systems Comprehensive Post Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS): An Example for Learning Health Systems.”

Dr. Duncan, is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Senior Policy Advisor for Innovations & Transitional Outcomes at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Pittsburgh Pepper Center. She joined the Wake Forest Faculty in 2011 to develop and evaluate innovative models of care to manage post-acute services for patients with medically and socially complex chronic conditions. She is the principal investigator of a PCORI funded large pragmatic trial to implement and evaluate an evidenced-based COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (or COMPASS) model.

In today’s minisode, we hear from Dr. Peter Coyle and Dr. Tracy Mroz, Learning Health System Scholars from the first year of the program as they describe their work, recount success stories from their Scholar year, and discuss how the experience has impacted their future work.

Dr. Coyle and Dr. Mroz also provide advice for applicants about the most relevant skills or experiences to include in the Letter of Intent, strategies for integrating Learning Health System priorities in the application, and how applicants can present their skillset to the Learning Health System and LeaRRn teams.