In support of Penn LDI’s mission to catalyze and facilitate research to improve the nation’s health care delivery, health policy, and population health, the Amplify@LDI program aims to amplify the reach and impact of policy-relevant research and elevate LDI Senior Fellows as content and policy experts. The program builds capacity in and enthusiasm for the critical step of translating and disseminating research to broad national audiences to maximize the reach and impact of LDI Senior Fellow research.

“It was useful to understand some of the many different resources available through the LDI and wider Penn community around dissemination as well as policy engagement. I thought the program did a good job of highlighting that.”

Sameed Khatana

Sameed Khatana, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Amplify cohort, 2022-2023

“The program clearly improved my skill set and enthusiasm. It also introduced me to some very connected and skilled personnel who helped me disseminate at least one idea. The sessions were very useful. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn, and also to engage with a group of faculty I would be unlikely to have met otherwise. The materials will be useful as I exercise these newly developed dissemination strategies.”

Kevin Johnson

Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS
Professor, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
Professor, Computer and Information Science, Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Science Communication, Annenberg School for Communication
Amplify cohort 2022-2023

“The entire program was extremely useful for me and I really improved my knowledge how to navigate the social media presence, and how to communicate about my research. This was a great experience for me and I found the group of people participating in the program very well balanced between departments and schools and research interests.”

Iliana Kohler

Iliana Kohler, PhD, Research Assistant Professor,
School of Arts and Sciences, Amplify Cohort 2021-2022

 “The program has great value and provides really meaningful experience for people who may or may not have already explored translation and dissemination strategies, and motivates to be more strategic about how our work is communicated to different audiences.”

George Demiris

George Demiris, PhD, Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, Penn Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine,
Amplify Cohort 2021-2022

“The program greatly helped me in becoming more enthusiastic and able to translate and disseminate research to broader audiences.”

Sharath Chandra Guntuku

Sharath Chandra Guntuku, PhD,
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Amplify Cohort 2020-2021

“I expected to learn, but I didn’t expect to use it so quickly. I would have never guessed I would write two op-eds. The exercises for class were really helpful in forcing me out of my comfort zone and trying something new, and those that were successful led to real outcomes.”

Norma Coe, PhD, Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, Amplify Cohort 2020-2021

How to Apply

Program Details

Cohort Experience: The Amplify@LDI cohort will comprise 12 LDI Senior Fellows from across schools, fields, ranks, methods, and translation experience. The program will provide an opportunity to network with a wide range of faculty. 

Workshop Sessions:

Amplify@LDI includes an opening session, five content sessions, and a closing session, for a total of seven sessions. Each content session focuses on a different aspect of research translation and dissemination.

Topics include Media Engagement and Interviewing; Increasing Social Media Reach; Writing and Placing Op-eds; Writing Blogs and Briefs; and Policy Engagement.

In addition to the skills-based content, each session will also address structural barriers to successful translation and dissemination, as well as strategies for incorporating translation and dissemination activities into busy academic careers.

Schedule of Sessions:  All seven sessions will take place in-person from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following Fridays during the 2023 Fall semester.

Fellows are asked when applying to commit to attend all eight sessions in order to get the most from the program. 

Opening Session:  September 8, 2023Session 1:  September 22, 2023
Session 2:  October 13, 2023Session 3:  October 27, 2023
Session 4: November 3, 2023Session 5:  November 17, 2023
Closing Session: December 1, 2023 

Personalized Plan for Research Dissemination: Over the course of the program, all participants will identify clear dissemination goals specific to their research, and develop a strategic plan to achieve them. The Amplify program will support participants in creating and implementing their plan.

One-on-One Sessions with Presenters: Following several of the sessions, program participants will have the opportunity to meet one-to-one with the presenter(s).

Expected Outcomes: Participating Fellows can expect to develop and improve skills in amplifying their policy-relevant work across the popular press, social media, and with policy makers.

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