Symposium on Implementation Science in Global Health: Maximizing Impact in an Imperfect World
On September 4, FHI 360 hosted a one-day symposium focused on implementation science applied to health services in low- and middle-income countries. The event, Implementation Science in Global Health: Maximizing Impact in an Imperfect World, brought together researchers, practitioners and funders for an engaging discussion about producing and applying evidence to improve health and save lives. Panelists and participants shared experiences and insights from the global and domestic health arenas. They discussed the challenges of conducting implementation research in resource-poor settings and explored solutions to improve practice.
The agenda included a mixture of lectures and panel discussions. Highlighted speakers included Gregory Aarons, PhD, MA, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego and Bryan Weiner, PhD, MA, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They discussed how lessons learned from the more mature domestic implementation science field might apply in resource-poor settings. Leaders from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.K. Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided perspectives on funder investment in implementation research and the application of the results. Investigators presented examples from the fields of nutrition; HIV and AIDS; and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. A collective list of speaker profiles is available, illustrating the breadth of expertise that FHI 360 assembled for the symposium.