Hillman Innovation Dissemination Program

The Hillman Innovation Dissemination Program (HID) aims to expand and enhance the scaling efforts of established nursing-driven interventions that target the needs of vulnerable populations. This $200,000 grant will be given annually. Diffusion support will be provided for established interventions that have proven outcomes to expand and enhance their scaling efforts. This can take many forms: a large scale evaluation to demonstrate effectiveness to potential community and government partners; the development of a tool that would help interested health systems gauge the viability and cost effectiveness of adopting the proposed intervention; or helping to stage a targeted communications effort intended to influence policy makers.



The Chicago Parent Program: Improving the Lives of Young Children in Poverty
Principal Investigator:  Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Johns Hopkins University
Most programs to enhance parenting skills and reduce behavior problems in young children are designed for white, middle-class parents – yet parents of color and those raising children in low-income neighborhoods may not share the same values or face the same child rearing challenges. The Chicago Parent Program (CPP) was created in partnership with African American and Latino parents from different economic backgrounds to help improve parenting skills and effectively manage young children’s difficult behaviors. CPP, recognized by the American Academy of Nursing as an Edge Runner initiative, is the only evidence-based program designed with and for parents raising young children in low-income communities, particularly families of color.

Evidence of success include a randomized trial of seven daycare centers serving low-income families in Chicago that showed significant decreases in child behavior problems (based on parent and independent observer ratings) and parent reliance on corporal punishment. It is also relatively inexpensive to deliver, costing as little as $37 per child per session, with a potential return on investment exceeding 900 percent.


Expansion of the Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE
Principal Investigator: Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
CAPABLE combines handyman services with nursing and occupational therapy to improve mobility, reduce disability, and decrease healthcare costs to help older people “age in place.” CAPABLE is currently being replicated at sixteen sites in eight States and Australia, and an additional fifteen sites are awaiting funding and approval for replication in the next six to eight months. This is Dr. Szanton’s second grant from the Foundation; she has previously received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and AARP Foundation


The Hillman Innovation Dissemination Program is an initiative designed to augment the scaling efforts of nursing-driven interventions that target the needs of vulnerable populations.

Applications for the Hillman Dissemination Program are by invitation only.