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Connecting evidence and practice to improve health equity

The Implementation Science Collaborative (ISC) for Health Equity at the Penn State College of Medicine (PSCOM) supports implementation science projects within the Penn State Health catchment area, mostly in rural counties with high percentages of underserved and diverse populations. Our goal is to increase the adoption, integration, and sustainability of evidence-based practices into real-world resource-constrained settings to improve health equity.


The ISC is actively engaged in multiple implementation science studies, including projects funded by National Cancer Institute (NCI), Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The ISC has four core activities:

  1. Conducting studies to advance the field of implementation science.
  2. Providing consultation to PSCOM researchers on incorporating implementation science in ongoing projects and grant proposals.
  3. Providing opportunities for education and training for graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty.
  4. Increasing awareness of and capacity for implementation science at PSCOM.