About the Conference

The Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (D&I), co-hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AcademyHealth, helps realize the full potential of evidence to optimize health and health care by bridging the gap between research, practice, and policy. By outlining the priorities in the field, the Science of D&I Conference aims to ensure that evidence is used to inform decisions that will improve the health of individuals and communities.

Through a combination of plenaries, concurrent, and poster sessions, the Science of D&I Conference supports the collective understanding of the research agenda, addresses the challenges facing D&I science, presents research findings, and identifies the next set of research priorities - setting the field up for a strong future

About D&I Science

Dissemination and Implementation Science seeks to promote and rigorously evaluate strategies for integrating evidence-based approaches into clinical and diverse community settings via public health practice, healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy. As still emerging fields, the definitions of dissemination and implementation and the type of research they encompass may vary according to setting, sponsor, mechanisms of action, and target.

The intent of this research is to investigate and address social, behavioral, economic, and organizational factors and policies that impede effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based clinical, public health, and organizational findings, test new approaches to improve health programming, and determine causal relationships between the strategies to implement interventions and the impacts of their use. Dissemination and Implementation Science is also characterized by a focus on variations in dissemination and implementation processes (e.g., how evidence/interventions are integrated) and how the context (e.g., setting, population, and economic drivers) leads to heterogeneity of results.

Thus, the conference seeks novel research or conceptual papers that address any of the topics included within the thematic tracks, with an emphasis on empirical findings for how best to integrate evidence-based interventions within clinical and community settings and/or how to recast the nature or conduct of the research itself to make it more relevant and actionable in those settings.

2021 Planning Committee


David Chambers

David Chambers, D.Phil.

Deputy Director for Implementation Science - National Cancer Institute

Dr. David Chambers is Deputy Director for Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Div... Read Bio

Gila Neta

Gila Neta, Ph.D., M.P.P.

Program Director for Implementation Science - National Cancer Institute

Gila Neta, PhD, MPP is an Epidemiologist and Program Director for the Implementation Science Team in the Offic... Read Bio


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Committee Member

Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D.

Deputy Director - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Dr. Monica Webb Hooper is Deputy Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Read Bio

Sandra Naoom
Committee Member

Sandra Naoom, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sandra F. Naoom, PhD, MSPH is a Senior Advisor for Implementation Science in the Deputy Director’s office for ... Read Bio

Committee Member

David Goodrich, Ed.D., M.S., M.A.

Implementation Scientist - VA Center for Evaluation & Implementation Resources (CEIR)

Dr. Goodrich came to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2006 as a health services research fellow and ... Read Bio

Rani Elwy
Committee Member

A. Rani Elwy, Ph.D.

Director of the Implementation Science Core - Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior - Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. A. Rani Elwy, PhD is a health psychologist, health services researcher and implementation scientist who ex... Read Bio

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Brian Mittman, Ph.D.

Kaiser Permanente

Brian S. Mittman, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department... Read Bio

Pamela Thornton
Committee Member

Pamela Thornton, Ph.D.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

As program director of implementation research and health equity, I provide scientific oversight and administr... Read Bio

Alaina Fournie
Committee Member

Alaina Fournier, Ph.D.

Health Scientist Administrator - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr. Fournier is a health scientist administrator at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read Bio

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Committee Member

George A. Mensah, M.D., FACC

Division Director - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

George A. Mensah, M.D., FACC, is a senior advisor in the Immediate Office of the Director at the National Hear... Read Bio

Bridget Gaglio
Committee Member

Bridget Gaglio, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Bridget Gaglio, MPH, PhD, is a Senior Program Officer for the Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science prog... Read Bio