Translation and Dissemination Core


The Community Dissemination Core (CDC) is designed to address three interconnected priorities: 1) promote multilevel (individual, family/team/group, community, or systems), cardio-metabolic diseases (CMD) prevention and control, programs and policies among academic and community audiences that emerge from the projects; 2) advance collaborations between and among transdisciplinary researchers, community organizations, health service providers, public health agencies, policymakers and other stakeholders around cardio-metabolic disease (CMD); and 3) disseminate research findings through traditional and non-traditional venues that promote CMD mitigation efforts among at-risk persons and populations. A key goal of the CDC is the development, implementation and evaluation of a systems-driven, research frameworkthat promotes the translation, dissemination, and uptake of Center research findings among academic and community partners and collaborators.



  1. Develop a data-driven, research translation and dissemination framework to advance effective and rapid uptake of research findings to prevent and mitigate factors influencing diseases and disparities among at-risk populations and communities.
  2. Use a community of practice approach and strategies to mobilize academic/community partnerships to increase the reach and accelerate the translation and dissemination of research findings.
  3. Use tailored messaging, messengers, and delivery modalities, including social media, to reach specific, at-risk communities to translate and disseminate research findings.
  4. Strengthen the public and environmental health-based policies that impact disease and disparities risks.



The CDC is led by Patricia Matthews-Juarez, PhD who has significant experience and expertise in conducting translation and dissemination activities with all of the targeted academic and community partners and with at-risk consumer populations.

The Co-I will be Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH. Drs. Matthews-Juarez and Lichtveld have collaborated more than six years in a funded multi-site, NIMHD research project that examined community health on the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama after Katrina and Rita.

Katherine Y. Brown, EdD has extensive technical experience and knowledge in community engagement using techniques of diffusion to translate and disseminate research findings and project management and evaluation. Currently, she serves as Director of Community of Practice for the National Center of Medical Education Development and Research at Meharry Medical College.

Hannah Covert, PhD is a team member with extensive experience in evaluation. Currently, she serves as Associate Director of the Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiatives at Tulane University. Dr. Covert is skilled in a variety of evaluation approaches (e.g. logic models, CIPP, consumer-oriented etc.) as well as qualitative research methodologies. Her role and skills as evaluator are integrated and embedded within the administrative core and will be utilized across the center.