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Identifying Opportunities for Implementation Science Approaches in the ECHO Program

February 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Identifying Opportunities for Implementation Science Approaches in the ECHO Program


Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH

Michigan State University






Kelly Hirko, PhD, MPH

Michigan State University




About the Speakers:

Nigel Paneth is a pediatrician and perinatal and child health epidemiologist with a particular interest in the causes and prevention of childhood neurodevelopmental handicap, especially cerebral palsy. After training in pediatrics and epidemiology, Dr. Paneth began his academic career at Columbia University in 1978 in the newly established Sergievsky Center, a research unit created to examine the etiology of epilepsy and other brain disorders. There he conducted studies of the relationship of perinatal medical care to patterns of fetal and infant mortality, particularly in premature infants. Dr. Paneth’s NIH-supported case-control study of cerebral palsy (CP) from 2009-2012 showed that considerable amounts of mRNA are reliably preserved on newborn blood spots, and hat gene expression in the newborn period differs in children who will later develop CP. His continued interest in CP is reflected in serving on the international task force on the definition and classification of CP.

Kelly Hirko is an epidemiologist and community-based researcher focusing on the role of lifestyle and  behavioral factors on health disparities. Kelly recently completed the NCI’s Training Institute for Dissemination & Implementation Research in Cancer facilitated course and is interested in investigating the implementation of evidence-based interventions in tobacco cessation and interested in physical activity to address rural cancer disparities. Kelly earned her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Michigan State University.

Outcome Areas: Airways

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 1 to 2pm

Presentation Overview:

Drs. Paneth and Hirko will use their cumulative epidemiology expertise to discuss opportunities with ECHO for implementation of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practives into routine practice, and to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare.




February 12
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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