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2019 Summer Institute on Implementation Science: Beginning the Conversation on Equity and Implementation Science

June 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - June 11, 2019 @ 4:30 pm EDT



This event was co-hosted by the Jordan Institute for Families | UNC School of Social Work, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and the National Implementation Research Network.

Event Program



The second annual Summer Institute sought to share methods and tools for integrating equity and inclusion in implementation science and practice.


The Institute will support social workers and public health professionals to:

  • Identify strategies for equitable implementation of innovations and evidence-based and evidence-informed practices
  • Use evidence to promote improved and equitable outcomes for people and communities

The Institute will support implementation researchers and practitioners to:

  • Identify research questions that amplify an equity focus
  • Identify changes that are needed to the pedagogy, frameworks, and measures of implementation science to incorporate attention to equity
  • Use methods that increase stakeholder participation in implementation efforts

*For additional media related to implementation, tune in to the National Implementation Research Network podcast!

Pre-Institute Workshops: Building Foundations in Implementation Science and Equity (June 10, 2019)

Day 1: Beginning a Conversation on Equitable Implementation (June 11, 2019)

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks (Gary Bowen, Ayse Belger, Bob Blouin, Sarah Verbiest, and Allison Metz)


  • Opening Plenary: Five Recommendations for Implementation Science to Advance Equity (Kim DuMont, Allison Metz and Beadsie Woo)

  • Afternoon Breakouts:
    • Using Data to Promote Equitable Implementation: Decision-Making, Data, and Uncertainty in Complex Systems (Kirsten Kainz and Rohit Ramaswamy)
    • Assessing Fit and Feasibility for Implementation: A Country Wide Case Example (Allison Metz, Laura Louison, Judy Thomson and Marita Brack)
    • Interrogating “Community” and Equity in Implementation: Lessons Learned from the Community Defined Evidence Project (Linda Callejas)
  • Closing Plenary: Implementation Science Using a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens (Paul Elam)

Day 2: Practicing Implementation Strategies to Advance Equity (June 12, 2019)

  • Reflections from Day 1 (Allison Metz and Sarah Verbiest)


  • Opening Plenary: Implementation Strategies and Stakeholder Engagement
    • The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Stakeholder Engagement: Developing and Tailoring Implementation Strategies (Amber Haley and Byron Powell)

    • Stakeholder Engagement: Finding the Fit through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Lisa Saldana)

  • Closing Remarks: Reflections on the Intersection of Implementation Science and Equity

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June 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am EDT
June 11, 2019 @ 4:30 pm EDT

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