Oral Session: Overview and Emerging Issues for Implementation Science: Circle of Research

March 19, 2020 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm ET

1.5 Advanced

Moderator: Bonni C. Hodges, PhD 

Implementation Science Overview -  Demystifying Implementation Science, Theories and Methods
Speaker: Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES

Leveraging Implementation Science for Public Health Impact: Tools and Resources
Speaker: Margaret M Farrell, MPH RD

Implementation Science at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: Past, Present, and Future
Speaker: Theresa Leola Armstead, PhD and Natalie Wilkins, PhD

Implementation Science in the Practice of Health Promotion – Advancing Practitioner Engagement

Randy Schwartz, MSPH

Learning Objectives:

1) Define relevant definitions and concepts in implementation science. 

2) Discuss the role of theory, frameworks, and models in implementation science. 

3) Describe the role of intervention adaptation, fidelity, and stakeholder engagement in implementation science. 

4) Explain study designs and research methods commonly used to answer questions in implementation science. 

5) Describe the history of dissemination and implementation science in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Bonni C. Hodges, PhD

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES®

Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Cam Escoffery is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Escoffery is a health educator and behavioral scientist by training. She has a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has conducted research for over 23 years on health promotion, cancer prevention and control, health technology, implementation science and evaluation. She has served as PI on grants funded by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society and Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Her implementation science work has been published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, Implementation Science, and Evaluation and Program Planning.

Margaret M Farrell, MPH RD

Public Health Advisor, National Cancer Institute

Margaret M. Farrell, M.P.H, R.D., is a public health advisor for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Ms. Farrell leads several efforts to build and advance the application of Implementation Science (IS) within cancer control practice. Her current work centers around an implementation science primer for cancer control practitioners, a funding opportunity linking connected health technology with improved health outcomes for cancer survivors, as well as enhancement of partnerships and networks to integrate research, practice, and policy.  Ms. Farrell is a registered dietitian and holds a masters in public health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Theresa Leola Armstead, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, CDC

Dr. Theresa L. Armstead is a Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has expertise in public health program evaluation ranging from wellness and physical activity, intimate partner violence, and HIV and AIDS prevention. Prior to CDC, she held the positions of Assistant Director for the Prevention Research Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa. She co-chairs the Implementation Research Interest Group in DVP and leads an agency-wide 5-session roundtable series on Implementation Science.

Randy Schwartz, MSPH

Public Health Systems Consultants

Randy Schwartz, MSPH, is a public health professional with extensive experience in implementing health promotion initiatives in state health department and voluntary health organizations with emphasis on chronic disease prevention/control, community-based health promotion. Randy is President of Public Health Systems Consultants, Inc. He is currently a Public Health Consultant and adjunct faculty member for academic programs, including UNC MPH Program. He served as Sr.VP, Health Systems, ACS and VP, Health Systems for ACS, New England. He was Director of the Division of Community and Family Health, Maine Bureau of Health. He is the Founding Editor of the journal, Health Promotion Practice, a journal of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). He has been awarded the Society for Public Health Education Distinguished Fellow Award, the Societys highest honor.

Natalie Wilkins

Behavioral Scientist

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