Rochester, Minnesota




Aaron L. Leppin, M.D., studies work by multiple stakeholders to implement innovations and improvements in health care and community settings. His research is mainly focused on improving a community's capacity to partner with health care and to engage in evidence-based health promotion activities that improve population health and support healthy aging.

Focus areas

  • Implementation research. Dr. Leppin develops and studies the impact of theory-based strategies for hastening the routine adoption and use of evidence-based practices that improve care in the inpatient, outpatient and community setting. This work includes the implementation of shared decision-making approaches in primary care.
  • Fall prevention. Dr. Leppin works with clinical and community partners to build referral pathways that link older adults to person-centered fall prevention programs in community settings.
  • Diabetes prevention and management. Dr. Leppin supports the development of technologies and recruitment strategies that link patients with or at risk of diabetes to evidence-based diabetes prevention and self-management programs in community settings.
  • Healthy aging. Dr. Leppin works with diverse clinical, community and policymaking stakeholders to develop cross-sector models that ensure that older and aging adults and individuals with chronic diseases have access to integrated clinical and community supports, including a variety of evidence-based health promotion programs.

Significance to patient care

The person-centered care delivery models Dr. Leppin develops improve care and outcomes for older adults at risk of falling, as well as patients with or at risk of diabetes, depression, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and other chronic conditions.

Professional highlights

  • Fellow, Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, 2017-2018
  • Member, Diabetes Prevention Taskforce, Minnesota Department of Health, 2016-2018
  • Advisory panel, Translation and Communications Interest Group, AcademyHealth, 2015-2018
  • Member, Dissemination, Implementation, and Knowledge Transfer Work Group, Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, 2016-2018

Clinical Studies

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Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Health Services Research


  1. Other - Year-long didactic and practical placement-focused training program that includes mentorship, education, and experience related to aging policy at the state and Federal levels; I was placed with the Minnesota Board on Aging Health and Aging Policy Fellowship
  2. Other - 1-month intensive orientation to policy and Congress followed by year-long placement American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program
  3. Other - 2-day intensive orientation to health policy AcademyHealth Health Policy Orientation
  4. Other - 2-day intensive orientation to health policy AcademyHealth Health Policy Orientation
  5. MSc - Clinical and Translational Sciences Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  6. Other - Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health NIH-sponsored 40-hour, intensive and competitive week-long training in dissemination and implementation research National Institutes of Health
  7. Other - 1-month intensive orientation to policy and Congress followed by year-long placement American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program
  8. Other - Areol: Online course in action research and action learning 14-session online course Action Learning and Action Research Association (ALARA)
  9. Other - From Idea to Project: Career Development Strategies Workshop - 1-day workshop hosted by NCAAM at Integrative Medicine in Health Conference NCAAM
  10. Other - ICSI Shared Decision Making Workshop 1-day workshop facilitated by Dr. Glyn Elwyn Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
  11. Other - Making Practice Change Possible in Learning Healthcare Organizations: Applying State-of-the-Art Implementation Strategies 1-day, pre-conference workshop conducted by VA at Academy Health Annual Research Meeting AcademyHealth Health Policy Orientation
  12. Other - 16 hours of coursework in quality improvement, change management, Lean methodology, and six sigma Mayo Quality Academy-Silver Coursework
  13. Other - Patient Engagement Design Patient Engagement Design 7-week, 7-session online course through Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Design with curriculum intended to promote skill development for designing interventions that improve patient engagement Stanford University School of Medicine
  14. Other - Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Leader Training 4-day Workshop leader certification provided through Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging
  15. Other - Writing for Biomedical Publications 1-day course offered through Master's program in Mayo Graduate School Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Education
  16. Other - 1-day workshop covering a broad overview of the state of the science in shared decision-making International Shared Decision Making Pre-Conference Workshop
  17. Other - 1-day training on use of OPTION scale to evaluate the quality of shared decision-making in encounters Shared Decision-Making Training
  18. Other - 4-hour online component of course on responsible conduct of research PRIM&R Institutional Review Board Member Training
  19. Doctorate of Medicine - Medicine University of Missouri, Columbia
  20. Other - Certificate Program in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 20-hour online course Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  21. BS - Biological Sciences University of Missouri, Columbia

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