Dispatches from Implementation Science at NCI

The Dispatches from Implementation Science at NCI blog discusses the integration of implementation science into research across the cancer control continuum to improve the relevance to healthcare systems and population and public health. Blog dispatches are typically released monthly.


Recent Dispatch from Implementation Science at NCI

Pragmatic Implementation Trials in Cancer Prevention and Control

Wynne E. Norton| February 2024

Wynne E. Norton

Pragmatic trials are a type of randomized controlled trial design that is intended to maximize external validity while maintaining internal validity and rigor. The first conceptualization of pragmatic trials was from an article from Schwartz and…

Advances in Global Implementation Science at NCI

Gila Neta| January 2024

Gila Neta

Last month, the NCI Center for Global Health launched a consortium of four specialized implementation science centers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Each center, funded for 5 years, will conduct research, engage with local…

Making the Most of the Annual Conferences on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health

Aubrey Van Kirk Villalobos| November 2023

Headshot of Aubrey Villalobos

Last year was my first time attending the Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) in Health, which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Academy Health co-sponsor. Although the Washington Convention…

My Journey into Implementation Science

Jennifer Chang Damonte| September 2023

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Seven months ago, I joined the Implementation Science (IS) Team at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). I was drawn to the field through my work implementing telehealth services at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare system. As a research…

Reflections on an Undergraduate Fellowship in Implementation Science with the National Cancer Institute

A. Julia Ross| August 2023

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This summer, I had the privilege of working with the Implementation Science Team at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as an undergraduate fellow. I learned about implementation science as an interdisciplinary study that involves policy, public…

Implementation Science and Cancer Survivorship

Emily S. Tonorezos| June 2023

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With improvements in diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care, the United States is now home to more than 18 million cancer survivors, representing about 5.4% of the population. [PMID: 35736631…

Opportunities to Advance Implementation Science in Global Cancer Control

Margarita Correa-Mendez| May 2023

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Given its focus on understanding why evidence-based interventions for cancer control work (or not), how, for whom, and under which contexts or circumstances, implementation science is primed to play a key role in reducing global inequities in…

Climate Change and Health: The Role of Implementation Science to Advance Adaptation and Mitigation Efforts

Gila Neta| April 2023

Gila Neta

According to the WHO, climate change is the single biggest threat to humanity. Mitigation efforts to stop the climate from warming are critical and continue…

Advancing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Practice—Opportunities for Collaboration between Cancer Coalitions and NCI-Designated Cancer Centers

Aubrey Van Kirk Villalobos| March 2023

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Research-practice partnerships are essential for integrating evidence-based interventions and policies into health care and public health settings. Many National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Centers are engaged in research-practice…

Implementing Precision Population Health: Delivering on prevention for people with hereditary cancer syndromes

Katrina A.B. Goddard| January 2023

Katrina A.B. Goddard, PhD

Precision health means that healthcare services and interventions are tailored to the needs and circumstances for individuals, and it has the potential to greatly improve cancer health outcomes.