AcademyHealth and the National Institutes of Health are once again convening the growing D&I science community for the 16th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. The 16th Annual Conference theme is “Raising Expectations for D&I Science: Challenges and Opportunities”.

Abstract notifications are scheduled to be sent out by mid-September.


The abstract solicitation and conference structure have been designed to focus our thinking and discussion on the highest priorities for dissemination and implementation science now and in the future to help optimize health and health care in the U.S. and globally.

Given the breadth of the field and the importance of maximizing opportunities for participants to follow consistent themes throughout the concurrent sessions of the meeting, we are including nine thematic tracks to organize the conference agenda.

2023 Conference Theme: Raising Expectations for D&I Science: Challenges and Opportunities

This year's theme will concentrate on capitalizing on our methodological progress while also focusing attention on areas needing growth. We see tremendous opportunities to continue to advance the empirical and theoretical base for both experimental and observational research across the globe. Opportunities can include expanded work to learn from implementation practice, co-creation of high-priority studies, and application of trials testing strategies to support adoption, implementation, sustainment, scale-up, and/or de-implementation.

Submission Timeline

  • Call for Abstracts Opens: Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. ET

Submission Types and Review Criteria

Abstracts are encouraged for four types of scientific sessions:

  • Individual Oral Presentations
  • Panel Presentations
  • Poster Presentations
  • Interactive Pre-Conference Workshops

For individual oral, panel, or poster presentations: Authors will be required to select a track for their abstract and must adhere to the format: Background, Methods, Findings, and Implications for D&I Science. Priority will be given to abstracts that address the overall conference theme, fit well in one of the conference tracks, and present high-quality data to support abstract conclusions.

For interactive pre-conference workshops: Authors will be required to provide a detailed workshop description (including an agenda), 3 learning objectives, and an explanation of how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will be included. Priority will be given to workshops that are engaging, skills-based, and interactive.

Review Criteria for Individual Abstracts and Panels

Abstracts will be reviewed and scored based on the following submission criteria, with preference being given to those that:

  • Show relevance to D&I Science
  • Focus on the conference theme and tracks (see Track Areas of Focus)
  • Utilize rigorous and relevant research methods
  • Present high-quality data to support findings
  • Adequately demonstrate how the study will advance the field

Review Criteria for Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Relevance to D&I Science
  • Important and timely topic
  • Clear learning objectives
  • Leader skill expertise
  • Interactive and attractive format

Note: Abstracts presenting results of empirical research should report completed studies or substantial interim results. Abstracts describing proposed or early-stage studies are not encouraged.

Nine Thematic Tracks

  • Behavioral Health
  • Building the Future of D&I Science: Capacity Building, Infrastructure, and Emerging Research Areas
  • Clinical Care Settings: Patient-level Interventions
  • Clinical Care Settings: System-level Interventions
  • Global Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Health Policy Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Models, Measures, and Methods
  • Prevention and Public Health
  • Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities

Learn More About Areas of Focus »


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