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Practical Strategies and Tools for Getting Started with Health Equity-Focused Implementation Science

March 29, 2024

Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Principal Scientist, Dartmouth Health

About the Presentation: In this presentation, Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD, will provide an overview of practical strategies and tools for getting started with health equity-focused implementation science.  Most evidence-based interventions are not widely adopted and sustained in many real world  community and health care settings.  The gap is even greater in settings and populations that experience social, structural and economic barriers to access, including people from minoritized racial and ethnic groups, people living with disabilities, people who are LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex), and people with limited English proficiency.  In addition, contextual factors like characteristics of the physical and social environment where people live can exacerbate health inequalities (e.g., areas of persistent poverty, remote areas, and urban or residential segregation).  Health equity-focused implementation science gives explicit attention to identifying and addressing gaps in the implementation of evidence-based interventions.
About the Presenter: Kelly Aschbrenner, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and Principal Scientist in the Dartmouth Health System. She  serves as the Associate Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and a Co-Director of the Dartmouth Center for Implementation Science (DCIS) at Dartmouth College. Her research involves a blend of intervention research, community-engagement, mixed methods, digital health, and implementation science. Within the field of implementation science, her work focuses on adaptation and sustainment of evidence-based interventions for underserved groups.