The Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics, and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research (CATALYST)


Ann-McAlearney-mainAnn Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, is the Executive Director of CATALYST, Associate Dean for Health Services Research, and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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FPLC-DanA project to examine the effectiveness of health system attempts to address the social needs of people facing food insecurity and, in turn, increase their diabetes control is ready to get underway. The effort is spearheaded by CATALYST faculty member and co-Principal Investigator Daniel Walker, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, along with counterpart Joshua Joseph, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Internal Medicine. Their work, which is supported by a $3.32 million grant from the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, was recently profiled by the College of Medicine.

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Through a partnership with the Division of Palliative Medicine, CATALYST faculty and staff are working to support the full cycle of research: idea generation, proposal development, grant submission, Institutional Review Board navigation, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of results. The goal of the effort is to construct a robust system through which CATALYST can help the division meet its research goals and generate support for researchers across the College of Medicine.

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CATALYST Executive Director Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, also serves as a co-principal investigator for the Center to STOP COVID, a Serological Sciences Center of Excellence supported by a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health. The effort is studying the long-term effect of COVID-19 on first responders, health care workers and the general population.

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Our publications 

At CATALYST, our faculty and staff are always hard at work on a number of projects related to team science, analytics, and systems thinking. Our research has been published in a variety of journals, and it is regularly cited in other scholarly work.

Among our most recent publications, appearing in the American Journal of Infection Control, is "Identifying management practices for promoting infection prevention: Perspectives on strategic communication" by Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS; Sarah MacEwan, PhD; Megan Gregory, PhD; Lindsey Sova, MPH; Courtney Hebert, MD, MS; and Alice Gaughan, MS. The article details an extensive study that involved interviews of 188 administrative and clinical leaders across 18 U.S. hospitals regarding the management practices employed to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). By identifying and describing these practices, the authors offer insight into how strategic communication can support improvement.

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For more details about our continuing efforts to advance research and discovery, click on the links below.

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About us

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CATALYST is a center focused on advancing research and discovery in the delivery of health services across the continuum of care using a team science approach. 

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Who works with us?

Our faculty includes experts in a number of fields, as well as many skilled staff members who support their work.

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What's the latest news?

There are always dozens of projects in progress at CATALYST. Stay up to date with everything going on at the center with our news page, where we post information about grant awards, projects and our overall focus.

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How can I join in?

CATALYST is interested in working with well-trained individuals in health management, health services research, implementation science, public health, or other related T3 research fields.

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Our mission

To catalyze faculty at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to engage in meaningful health services research (HSR) and implementation science.

In achieving this mission, CATALYST seeks to complement the mission of The Ohio State University College of Medicine “to improve people’s lives through innovation in research” by ensuring that the work of research faculty is impactful for the organization and the populations they serve. CATALYST is being created as a means of fostering a collaborative culture of research while providing the environment that supports success.

Our vision

To develop the infrastructure necessary to ensure extramural funding, improve the quality of scholarship, develop faculty in the area of health services and implementation science research, and increase the educational capacity of the institution while serving to extend the research, education and clinical enterprises of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Our values

  • Success through collaboration and sustained productivity
  • Leadership with integrity and personal accountability
  • Respect of diversity of people and ideas through openness and mutual trust
  • Innovation through creativity
  • Passion in what we do by engaging with each other through kindness and fun

Our aims

Guided by its mission, CATALYST aims to:
  • Provide a shared HSR infrastructure to provide expedited access to highly trained research support staff and data
  • Promote a team science-based, collaborative environment in which faculty and postdoctoral researchers are highly mentored by successful HSR faculty to be highly productive (both in papers and grants)
  • Enhance the quality and quantity of published research in HSR and implementation science
  • Identify opportunities for extending the educational mission of the College of Medicine
  • Improve the success rate of applications for funding through initial scoping, review and critical assessment so as to improve submitted proposals