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.


Engaging Practitioners in Implementation Science

Aubrey Van Kirk Villalobos| June 2022

Headshot of Aubrey Villalobos

It has been a little more than a year since I joined the Implementation Science (IS) team at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a health scientist. My focus is primarily on advancing the involvement of practitioners in IS to enhance the…

Reflections on an Implementation Science Fellowship Focused on Public Health

Sabrina Oasan| April 2022

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As part of my Master of Public Health degree requirement, I had to complete a fellowship that would result in two final products benefitting my applied practice experience. As a Grants Manager, with a passion for public health, at NCI, I was…

Cluster Randomized Trial Designs in Implementation Science and Healthcare Delivery Research

Wynne E. Norton| March 2022

Wynne E. Norton

Implementation trials often use experimental (i.e., randomized controlled trials; RCTs) study designs to test the impact of implementation strategies on implementation outcomes, service outcomes, and/or patient-level outcomes.

Globalizing Implementation Science for Cancer Control

Gila Neta| February 2022

Gila Neta

The COVID-19 pandemic has made palpable the importance of focusing on implementation (and especially equitable implementation) and of taking a global perspective to population health. So, I was delighted to work with NCI’s…

A Cancer Prevention Fellow’s Journey into Implementation Science

Ariella Korn| October 2021

Ariella Korn

My interest in IS builds on my background in public health nutrition, community-level interventions, community/stakeholder engagement, and systems science approaches.

Striving to Reach Health Equity: Health Disparities Research Efforts in Cancer Control

Amy Kennedy| September 2021

Amy Kennedy, PhD, MPH

While health disparities have persisted over time across nearly all maladies, the unified call from researchers and the public alike to understand and eliminate these disparities in an effort to achieve health equity has become urgent as the world…

Expanding Engagement in the Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science (CCIS) through New Funding Opportunity

Cynthia A. Vinson| August 2021

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Two years ago, NCI launched the Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science (formerly the Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer). I shared information about the Consortium in my blog in November 2020 and am excited to provide an update.

Reflections on Policy Implementation Science

Ali Abazeed| June 2021

Ali Abazeed

The Implementation Science (IS) team within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences has been a leader in prioritizing the development of the field over the last 20 years, and we are once again taking a leading role to identify and…

Entering the Implementation Science Field as a Cancer Prevention Fellow

Pete DelNero| May 2021

Pete DelNero

Two years ago, I attained the dream of becoming a cancer prevention fellow. I entered the Shady Grove campus as a biomedical engineer, and my enthusiasm for public health brought me to the Implementation Science (IS) team.

Advancing Implementation Science in Global Cancer Control: Lessons Learned from a PAHO Cervical Cancer Meeting

Dr. Antoinette Percy-Laurry| April 2021

Antoinette Percy-Laurry

I was offered the opportunity to contribute to global cancer control work when I spent much of 2019 working on a detail at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), one of six regional offices of the World Health Organization (WHO). PAHO…