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The adjunct events listed below are open to the public, regardless of whether you are registered for the main meeting. Please note that each adjunct event has separate registration for those interested in attending.

Dissemination & Implementation in Embedded Pragmatic Trials: Raising the Bar for Real-World Research

    When: Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET
    Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
    Cost: $275

    Program Description

    This workshop will introduce concepts in the design, conduct, and implementation of embedded pragmatic clinical trials, with a particular focus on methods relevant to health services researchers. Embedded pragmatic trials are randomized trials that are conducted within healthcare systems and that use streamlined procedures and existing infrastructure to answer important medical questions for patients, clinicians, and health system leaders. Such trials have the potential to inform policy and practice with broadly generalizable, high-quality evidence at lower cost and greater efficiency compared with traditional clinical trials. The workshop will introduce the investigative opportunities for embedded health systems research, along with strategies for integrating implementation research methods into the design and conduct of embedded pragmatic trials, with the goal of providing real-world evidence necessary to inform both practice and policy in diverse systems and populations. The workshop will highlight dissemination and implementation challenges faced when conducting pragmatic trials in complex healthcare systems, and will share lessons from implementation science for maximizing the ability of embedded pragmatic trials to improve the health of individuals and communities. Firsthand experiences and case studies from the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory Demonstration Projects will illustrate the topics presented. The workshop will include opportunities for Q&A with panelists. Participants will also have the option to complete hands-on exercises that apply knowledge from the workshop.

    You can find the workshop agenda here.

    Learning Objectives

    1. To identify key areas of synergy between embedded pragmatic clinical trials and implementation research.
    2. To introduce participants to the unique characteristics and challenges of designing, conducting, and implementing pragmatic clinical trials embedded within diverse healthcare systems, and to describe opportunities for integrating implementation research methods into these trials.
    3. To increase the capacity of health services researchers to address important clinical questions with embedded pragmatic clinical trials and share lessons from implementation science for supporting intervention adoption, sustainment, scale-up, and/or deimplementation.


    Speaker bios are available here.

    Implementation Science for Maternal Health Interest Group

    When: Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
    Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

    The important role of implementation research in addressing the maternal health crisis has been increasingly recognized by researchers and policy makers. The goal of Implementation Science for Maternal Health (IS4MH) is the accelerate the application of implementation research in maternity care to improve patient outcomes. The first IS4MH meeting was held in 2020 as an adjunct session of the Conference on the Science of Dissemination & Implementation in Health, and this year will be IS4MH's 4th Annual Meeting. This session is intended to connect individuals with an interest in implementing evidence-based practices in maternal health care, including those working in research and implementation practice/quality improvement. Agenda will include networking as well as micro-talks from poster presenters.

    For questions, please contact the IS4MH Co-Leaders, Rebecca F. Hamm ( or Jennifer Callaghan-Koru (

    Early-Career Technical Assistance Workshop

    When: Wednesday, December 13, 2023, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET
    Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
    Registration: Contact

    The VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) is delighted to host the 2023 Early-Career Technical Assistance Workshop, which is open to all D&I conference attendees and will take place on Wednesday, December 13th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The Workshop includes presentations on funding opportunities related to D&I, best-practice D&I methods recommendations from research experts, and discussions of practical considerations for early career investigators and staff interested in dissemination and implementation science. Lunch will be provided.

    To register for the Workshop, complete this registration form by November 1, 2023. If you are interested in receiving feedback on an implementation science project, include a one-page abstract of your study idea and indicate the funding organization (e.g., NCI, ARHQ, VA, etc.) to which the proposed study would most likely be submitted. If the funding organization is NIH, please specify which NIH institute would be the most likely target for the application. Abstracts will be used to connect applicants to potential funding agency representatives and those with similar interests for project-specific feedback. If you have any questions, contact