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Implementation Science Core

The Implementation Science Core provides resources to develop implementation science expertise within the CFAR community.

Advances in HIV prevention and treatment interventions, together with unprecedented investments to bring these interventions to scale, presents an opportunity to prevent new infections, avert HIV-related morbidity and mortality, and dramatically alter the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, the full potential of recent scientific advances in HIV treatment and prevention has yet to be realized, and efficacious interventions have not been adequately scaled into effective programs. Implementation science can improve the uptake and effectiveness of these programs, and impact health at the population level.

The Implementation Science Core provides resources to develop implementation science expertise within the CFAR community. We foster new interdisciplinary implementation science research and link UW’s research and public health activities to promote implementation science in real-world public health settings. The goal of the Implementation Science Core is to create new training opportunities for junior researchers, lead to new and innovative research, and ultimately improve the speed, efficiency, and quality of efforts to translate scientific evidence on HIV prevention and care into effective, large-scale health programs.

Health Economics Impact Study Team
The HIV epidemic has been met with an unprecedented international response including financing for prevention and treatment interventions. For the money to be spent efficiently robust estimates for the balance between effectiveness and costs are needed. To support this need the WHO has published cost-effectiveness analysis guidelines for the evaluation of HIV prevention interventions. Our CFAR Health Economics Impact Study Team will provide researchers with the tools to evaluate the costs and cost-effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment interventions; providing information for decision makers to define priorities and allocate resources. A team has been assembled, included academics and experts in development. The areas of expertise of the team include health economics, mathematical modeling, epidemiology, clinical trials, infectious diseases and health metrics.

Our goal is that incorporation of health economic evaluations will become the rule rather than the exception in study development.

Implementation Science Research Consultation
Implementation Science Research Consultation to help CFAR investigators form interdisciplinary teams; translate their research into public health or clinical practice; and provide technical support in implementation science measures, research design, economic modeling, and disease transmission modeling. Please complete a Request for Consultation to access this service.

Implementation Science Consultation Request Form

Intensive Course in Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health: August 14-18, 2023 (held annually)

LunchBox Talk Series (bi-monthly) in partnership with Public Health Seattle & King County (PHSKC) to bring together public health and academic researchers

RAISE & NASTAD Webinar Series (monthly) in partnership with NASTAD to explore opportunities for integration of implementation science methods in health department HIV programming and evaluation to End the HIV Epidemic

Working in Implementation Science (WISE) invites UW faculty, staff, fellows, and trainees with an interest in implementation science to share ideas in a supportive peer-to-peer environment.  The group meets twice a month, focusing on members’ work in progress including grant proposals, manuscripts, and presentations.

Implementation Science Symposium (biennial) highlighting global and domestic implementation science to help foster collaboration between CFAR researchers and external institutions

Junior Investigator Research Mentoring Group (monthly) to develop novel research methods for IS, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and coordinate responses to funding opportunities

Kenneth Gimbel-Sherr, PhD, MPH – Core Director

Matthew Golden, MD, MPH – Core Co-Director

Christine Khosropour, PhD, MPH – Core Associate Director

Arianna Rubin Means, PhD, MPH – Core Associate Director

Monisha Sharma, PhD, MSPH – Core Faculty

Shan Liu, PhD, MS – Core Faculty