D&I Workshop 2019

2019 Dissemination & Implementation Science Workshop:
A Focus on Implementation Strategies

When: August 15th & 16th

Where: College of Public Health (MCPH), Room 3013


The 2019 version of the workshop expands on previous years and focused on defining and specifying implementation strategies, mapping strategies to outcomes, and identifying mechanisms of change for different dissemination and implementation science outcomes. As always, we included economic evaluation in the program, this year focusing on costing implementation strategies relative to reach and adoption of evidence-based approaches. As you can see below, we had a great group of keynote speakers this year – all of whom were available for expert consultations during the workshop.

Keynote Speakers:

Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor, Public Health-Social Work
Brown School at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Samantha Harden, PhD
Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Faculty
Virginia Tech Institute, Blacksburg, VA

Jennie Hill, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Omaha, NE

Wen You, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Virginia Tech Institute, Blacksburg, VA

This annual event is organized by members of The Great Plains IDeA-CTR and is jointly sponsored by: CENTRIC (Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management), the College Of Public Health Department of Health Promotion, and The Great Plains IDeA-CTR.


A major goal of the GP IDeA-CTR Network is to increase the number of successful clinical and translational researchers working on innovative ways to reach medically underserved populations and improve the health of individuals living within our region. To achieve this goal, facilitating research on dissemination and implementation science – the study of how best to move research evidence into practice – is critical. Workshops such as these are meant to assist researchers develop and use innovative tools and approaches and lead CTR teams. Implementation science is the study of methods that influence the integration of evidence-based interventions into practice settings. Dissemination is the process of spreading knowledge and information to these settings.


More than 50 participants attended the 2019 D&I Workshop. Returning speakers Paul Estabrooks and Samantha Harden offered up a brief overview of D&I concepts and strategies. We were happy to welcome Wen You, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. With her background in the field, she was able to provide insight into the basics of behavior economics and how it can be applied to implementation research.


Also with us for the first time was Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Powell’s area of expertise lies in the field of implementation strategies, particularly the techniques and priorities that can optimize implementation strategies to ensure success in studies. According to Dr. Powell, “We should strive to use implementation strategies that are informed by relevant stakeholders, theory, and evidence, and should report them systematically to promote replication and a greater understanding of how and why they work.”


The workshop also featured stratified breakout sessions to satisfy the needs both D&I Science beginners as well as those who wanted to build upon their existing knowledge. Finally, we repeated our expert consultations for attendees hoping to have their research proposals evaluated by experts in the field.  It is a great way to receive feedback on how to improve their proposals using D&I principles.


Please see the presentations section below if you are interested in viewing the speaker PowerPoint slides from this year’s workshop. Stay tuned for more information about activities regarding D&I Science; become a member to receive updates and information on upcoming events. And be sure to check out the resources, information, and presentations made available from our 2017 D&I Workshop and 2018 D&I Workshop as well.


Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW. “Characterizing and operationalizing implementation strategies”

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Samantha Harden, PhD. “Specifying implementation strategies to enhance reviewer comprehension of your work”

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Wen You, PhD. “Behavioral economics as an implementation strategy to improve reach”

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Jennie Hill, PhD. “Engaging communities across a variety of implementation strategies to address rural childhood obesity treatment”

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Paul A Estabrooks, PhD. “Matching implementation strategies to dissemination and implementation outcomes”

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Wen You, PhD. “Economic Evaluation of Implementation Strategies”

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