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.


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

Gila Neta, PhD, MPP| 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, DrPH, MEd; Sarah Kerch, MPH| March 2023

Headshot of Aubrey Villalobos
Kerch Headshot

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, PhD| 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.

Reflections of a Cancer Prevention Fellow with the Implementation Science Team and the Center for Global Health

Margarita Correa-Mendez, PhD, MPH| September 2022

Correa-Mendez Headshot

Two years ago, I joined the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, a life-changing opportunity that has transformed my scientific career.

Gearing up for the 2022 Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science and Beyond

Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA| July 2022

Vinson headshot

I can’t believe that it has been nine months since we held the last Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science (CCIS)! The adage that “time flies when you are having fun” holds true for me in…

Engaging Practitioners in Implementation Science

Aubrey Van Kirk Villalobos, DrPH, MEd| 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, BS| April 2022

Sabrina Oasan Headshot

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, PhD; Sandra A. Mitchell, PhD, CRNP, FAAN| March 2022

Wynne E. Norton
Sandra A. Mitchell

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, PhD, MPP| 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, PhD, MS, MPH| 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.