The IS-2 Institute

The Institutes are the cornerstone of the IS-2 training program. These multi-day gatherings bring together Core Faculty, Expert Faculty, and Scholars in an active, intensive, adult learning environment (virtual or in-person depending upon public health conditions). A selection of session packets are included below for more details.

Dissemination & Implementation Competencies

Competency-based education is rapidly becoming a norm in all levels of education in the United States. Formally, a competency is defined as a cluster of related knowledge, attitudes, and skills that affects the major part of one’s job and can be measured against well-accepted standards and improved through training. Competency sets are used both to guide credentialing processes, and for this program, curriculum development. IS-2 Scholars are trained on a model curriculum based on our team’s prior work, which identified D&I competencies, course domains, methods and materials. In addition, we are refining these materials to address D&I competencies relevant to chronic disease prevention with additional content focused on community-engaged D&I and D&I research in community and clinical settings.

Mentoring in the IS-2 Program

IS-2 places a strong emphasis on mentoring, which is a relationship between a senior investigator (Core Faculty) and Scholar to help the mentee (Scholar) advance within their career and in the IS-2 program.  Scholars are matched with a primary IS-2 mentor and meet during the IS-2 Welcome Session to discuss the Scholar’s goals and expectations for the program. Ongoing support is provided to mentors and mentees throughout the time in the program to foster and enhance the relationship.

For more information about the mentor training curriculum, methodology and other resources, please visit the National Research Mentoring Network’s website.