Workshop to Explore IS Strategies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)

December 10, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
If you’re attending the Academy Health Dissemination and Implementation Conference in Virginia this December, please join us for this workshop!

When: December 10, 2023, 5:00 – 8:00pm EST

Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Salon J (first level); 1700 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

This event is free and open to all, however registration is required to attend. Dinner will be provided.

  1. Identify exemplar implementation strategies used in Low-and-Middle-Income countries, how they are thought to work (i.e., their mechanism) and evidence of their effects in real world settings, including explication of how they are distinct from common strategies commonly named in strategy-taxonomies in higher-income-countries (e.g., task shifting, revolving pharmacy funds)
  2. Use examples to expand our conceptualization of strategies in the field of implementation science, ways to categorize strategies, methods for generalizing the effects of strategies and how to connect a research agenda with common ways of understanding the context (e.g., using WHO Health Systems Building Blocks).
5:00-5:05 PMIntroduction to the Session
Elvin Geng, MD, MPH – Washington University in St. Louis, USA
5:05 – 5:30 PMSetting the Stage: The Research Agenda Around Implementation Strategies and LMIC Experiences  

What kind of implementation strategies do we need to advance health in LMIC?
Hikabasa Hallwindi, MBChB, PhD, Dean School of Public Health, University of Zambia

Novel Implementation Outcomes for LMIC Tonderai Mabuto, PhD Senior Research Scientist at The Aurum Institute, South Africa  

Moderator: Anjuli Wagner, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, USA
5:30 – 6:15 PM  Implementation Strategies from the Field – Exemplars from LMIC
Short talks on health systems context and Implementation strategies followed by panel 

Re-conceptualizing Conditional Cash Transfers in Public Health Zaynab Essack, PhD Research Scientist, Centre for Community-Based Research at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Quality Improvement and Person-Centered Services in Zambia Kombatende Sikombe, PhD(c) Research Manager, Center for Infectious Diseases Research Zambia

Implentation Strategies with a Focus on Young Persons in LMIC Cyrus Mugo, PhD Senior Research Scientist, Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya  

Moderator: Donna Shelley, MD, MPH Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Public Health Policy and Management and the founding Director of the Global Center for Implementation Science and Practice at the NYU School of Global Public Health, NY, USA
6:15- 6:30 PMBreak. Dinner is served.
6:30 – 7:30 PM  Breakout Session 1: Panel & Rapid talks
Health Systems Ecosystem in LMIC: Opportunities for Implementation Research  

Speakers: Shannon Bosman, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa; Lekan Shakir Ajijola, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA; Sandra S. Simbeza, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia; PhuongThao Le, PhD Assistant Professor, Boston University, USA

Moderator: Radhika Sundararajan, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
Breakout Session 2: Panel & Rapid talks
Translation of Policy into Practice – Barriers and Strategies Distinctive in LMIC Settings  

Speakers: Dorothy Mangale, PhD Washington University in St. Louis, USA; Juliet Katoba, PhD University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; Ngauv Bora, MD, MPH National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Cambodia      

Moderator: Margarate Munakampe, PhDUniversity of Zambia   
7:30 – 8:15 PMImplementation Strategies: Re-exploring Their Basis and the Future of D&I Science in a Global Context Panel Discussion  

Speakers: Byron Powell, PhD Associate Professor, Center for Dissemination & Implementation, Washington University in St. Louis, USA; Kunle Alonge,MD Associate Professor of Public Health, Director of Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB, USA  

Moderator: Kathryn Lancaster, PhD, MPHAssociate Professor, Implementation Science, Wake Forest University, USA
8:15-8:30 PMClosing Remarks: Synthesis and Next Steps  
Mosa Moshabela, MBChB, MSc, PhD Acting Vice Chancellor, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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This workshop will take place at the Academy Health Conference on December 10, 2023. We will meet in Grand Salon J on the first floor of the Crystal Gateway Marriott located at 1700 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202.