ARCH Lab Implementation Science Projects

Temitayo Lukan



Project Summary

Implementation science is the study of methods that utilize evidence-based practices (EBPs) into clinical care. Supported by research findings, ARCH (Accelerating Research-to-Practice in Community Health) lab utilizes this implementation science to improve outcomes for marginalized populations.

The bulk of my work within ARCH lab was aiding the clinical research coordinators by transcribing interviews with stakeholders. I worked on the CFAR, ACIP, and IMPaCT projects. CFAR and IMPaCT involved implementing a community health worker to help facilitate care in Philadelphia clinics while ACIP utilized the community health worker to improve asthma care in Philadelphia schools. While all I was doing was transcribing interviews, I learned how the implementation of strategy improved patient care. The interviews showcased that low income and low-resourced areas of Philadelphia struggle with transportation to and from clinics as well as communicating with insurance and physicians. The community health workers help mitigate these barriers, resulting in more complete care for the patient. With respect to asthma care, institutions do not recognize it as a disease, which leads to the necessary precautions not being taken to provide this care for the children.

The information I learned from transcribing helped showcase the real world implications of the information taught in the classroom. In school, I learned about these biological, psychological, and chemical principles that lead to providing patient care. Most of my education thus far has not delved into healthcare in communities. While ARCH lab’s connection to these concepts is more loose because of the clinical nature of these projects, I believe this experience will aid in my ability to look at the bigger picture. Although this summer research experience was virtual, I thoroughly enjoyed working with ARCH Lab and all the people.