Dissemination & Implementation Curriculum and 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

For any new field to prosper, both human and intellectual capital must be developed to generate new knowledge and narrow the research to practice gap. IS-2 fosters a collaborative learning environment to develop a group of D&I researchers capable of reducing the gap between research and practice to reduce chronic disease morbidity and morality. Our training program is based on a pedagogical philosophy that interpersonal activities (group training, one-to-one mentoring) are key components of the science-building process.

IS-2 places a strong emphasis on mentoring, which is a relationship between a senior and junior organizational member to help the mentee (Scholar) advance within her/his career and in an organization. Mentoring has been shown to have clear and numerous benefits (in particular research productivity and career success). Assistance provided to the mentor can enhance these relationships and improve their ability to overcome the barriers to an optimal mentoring relationship. The literature on mentoring in the health sciences forms the basis for our approach to evidence-informed mentoring.

Christine Pfund, PhD, University Wisconsin-Madison, director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, has provided consultation and training to our mentors. 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.