Our Mission

Optimized evidence-based intervention implementation 

Optimization happens when strategies employed to implement evidence-based interventions truly address key barriers in the specific settings in which implementation occurs, and when those strategies reflect the best possible methods to address those barriers.

Patient receiving a 3D mammogram at the UW Medicine Eastside Specialty Center.

Barriers to optimization

For implementation science to support optimized evidence-based intervention implementation in cancer control, these critical barriers must be addressed:


Underdeveloped methods for barrier identification and prioritization


Incomplete knowledge of implementation strategy mechanisms


Underutilization of existing methods for optimizing strategies


Poor measurement of implementation constructs

Addressing barriers to optimization

The goal of the OPTICC Center is to address critical barriers to optimization by:


Improving methods for identifying and prioritizing barriers in settings where cancer control evidence-based interventions are delivered


Improving methods for matching implementation strategies to high-priority barriers to evidence-based implementation


Optimizing implementation strategies for large-scale evaluation and use in community and clinical cancer-control settings

A Tri-Institution Partnership

The OPTICC Center is a strategic collaboration of the University of Washington, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Learn more about our research

The OPTICC Center is creating new knowledge to advance implementation science in cancer control, generating preliminary data for future investigations, and informing future research questions and methods. See below for details on the four OPTICC Center formative research studies.

Increasing colorectal cancer screening through optimized implementation of an evidence-based intervention

A patient centered approach to tailoring human papilloma virus self-sampling for cervical cancer screening (PATH)

Assessing acceptability, feasibility, and demand of a ride-share transportation program for patients with abnormal FIT

A staged approach to implementing hereditary cancer risk assessment guidelines for large-scale testing

Learn about OPTICC Center Methods for Optimization