January 2024: Working Towards a Collective Agenda - An EIM On Campus Mixed Methods Research Project Dr. Cayla McAvoy, a physical activity researcher and postdoctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, presented her dissertation work analyzing national trends related to the EIM On Campus (EIM-OC) program. Prior to starting their doctoral training, Dr. McAvoy worked as an Assistant Director of Fitness at Florida Gulf Coast University and was a member of their EIM-OC Leadership Team. Building on this experience, Dr. McAvoy's dissertation analyzed American College Health Association–National College Health Assessment Fall 2019 data, comparing students’ physical activity levels at EIM-OC-recognized universities to non-recognized-universities, and completed qualitative interviews with gold-level EIM-OC universities. Their findings suggest that programs like EIM-OC are beneficial for college students, but additional resources are needed for program sustainment.
August 2023: Update of the Physical Activity Alliance’s “It’s Time to Move” Initiative Laurie Whitsel, PhD, FAHA, the National Vice President of Policy Research and Translation for the American Heart Association and a Senior Advisor for the Physical Activity Alliance, presented an update of the Physical Activity Alliance’s work on national policy and systems change to make physical activity (PA) assessment, prescription, and referral a standard of patient care in the U.S. Dr. Whitsel provided the latest on the HL7 work to establish standardized measures for PA assessment, prescription, and referral and the application to the Office of the National Coordinator to have PA assessment included in version 4 of the US Core Data for Interoperability. Dr. Whitsel finished by highlighting important next steps and areas of policy relevant research to help continue building momentum. Click here to access a recording of the presentation.
February 2023: Implementing Clinic-Based Electronic Referrals to Community Physical Activity Programs for Cancer Survivors The Institute of Medicine recommends that clinicians provide recommendations and referrals for physical activity in survivorship care plans. However, barriers exist to providing referrals, highlighting a critical need for implementation programs to connect survivors to existing evidence-based programs. Jamie Faro, Ph.D., presented on her work developing and beta-testing a clinic-based electronic referral system connecting cancer survivors to community-based physical activity programs. Dr. Faro spoke about the complexities in creating links between clinic and community programs, provided lessons learned during the development and implementation phases, and discusses her future directions for this work.
November 2022: Developing a Research Proposal to Support Clinic-Community Linkages for Physical Activity Promotion in Thai Older Adults Promoting physical activity in healthcare systems is a potential strategy to increase physical activity among older adults. Through this presentation, Dr. Apichai Wattanapisit, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Walailak University in Thailand, shares his experiences developing a grant proposal to the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) that proposes to adapt and implement clinic-community linkages for physical activity promotion in older adults in primary care settings in Thailand.
October 2022: PT-Refer: Connecting older adults from physical therapy settings to evidence-based programming at local YMCAs Physical therapists can help older adults increase their physical activity by referring them to evidence-based, physical activity programs in their local communities. Dr. Miruna Petrescu-Prahova and Ms. Marlana Cohn, from the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center presented their recently published work on the PT-Refer trialdiscussing the facilitators and barriers to creating and activating clinic-community linkages for older adults between physical therapy clinics and local YMCAs.
March 2022: Physical Activity ‘Down Under’ – EIM research in Australia Over the past decade, EIM has flourished in multiple countries around the world. This EIM RLC session that features the ongoing activities of our EIM Australia National Center, as well as other EIM-related research conducted by leading scientists in Australia. This session starts with an overview of EIM in Australia from Dr. Jeff Coombes, Director of the EIM Australia National Center and Professor at the University of Brisbane. Dr. Coombes is followed by Dr. Mary Kennedy, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Implementation Science at Edith Cowan University, who discusses her research involving issues related to implementing exercise into oncology care in Western Australia. The final speaker is Dr. Tim Henwood, Group Manager of Health & Wellness with Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC), who talks about the translation of his academic research work into practice in the aged care environment, providing significant physical and mental health benefits for his older clients.
January 2022: Engaging Health Care Providers in Clinical Research: A Panel Session Conducting research in clinic settings is challenging due to a myriad of factors including a lack of patient engagement, complexity of regulations, and inadequate infrastructure and support systems. Another challenge is understanding how to optimally engage with health care providers, whose main priority is providing care to patients. This EIM RLC panel session explored how research scientists can best form collaborative relationships with clinicians in conducting physical activity-related research in health settings. Panelists included Mark Faghy (University of Derby), Garett Griffith(Northwestern University), Kelly Hirko (Michigan State University), and Marcia Ory (Texas A&M University).
October 2021: Clinic Level Policy to Promote Physical Activity in a Safety Net Clinic This webinar was the first of a 2-part series examining the integration of physical activity in health settings serving under-resourced communities.Dr. Pamela Bowen, an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Alabama Birmingham, discussed key findings from her recently published work describing the implementation of EIM in a safety net health clinic. In presenting her work, Dr. Bowen focused on challenges she faced and overcoming these barriers in promoting physical activity in a low-resource healthcare setting.
May 2021:Swedish Physical Activity on Prescription (PAP) This session featured Dr. Stefan Lundqvist of the Center for Physical Activity Gothenburg and a member of the Swedish Professional Association for Physical Activity (YFA). Dr. Lundqvist introduced the Swedish Physical Activity on Prescription program (PAP) and highlighted its role as a medical treatment model in Sweden. Dr. Lundqvist presented a brief history of PAP, evidence of its effectiveness, and shared lessons learned from their research efforts.
April 2021:A Panel Discussion: EIM Research Projects for Graduate Students This panel discussion provided guidance to graduate students looking to do their final research projects on an EIM-related topic. The panel featured three recent graduates (Mariana Wingood, Sergio Calonge Pascual, Francia Portacio) who all conducted either their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation on the integration of physical activity into health settings.
December 2020: Early Career Investigator Small Group Mentoring
This mentoring session provided guidance to early career investigators interested in doing EIM-related research, such as integrating physical activity into health systems, working with clinicians, and connecting patients to community-based physical activity resources. The session, geared towards graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career investigators, featured five research mentors (Michael Pratt and Sarah Linke – UCSD, NiCole Keith – IUPUI, Patricia Heyn – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Mark Stoutenberg – Temple University) who met with attendees in small breakout sessions. Because of the breakout sessions, we were unable to record the proceedings from this event.
October 2020:PAVS 101: Assessing Patient Physical Activity Levels Drs. Liz Joy (Intermountain Health) and Trever Ball (Northwell Health) examine the initial integration of physical activity assessment into the Intermountain Health electronic health record system and the subsequent data extraction and analysis.