At the 2017 D&I Conference, you will hear from esteemed speakers during four dynamic plenary sessions.

The plenary information is updated as of July 31. Additional speakers will be added to the plenary program.

Monday, December 4

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What is the Minimum Level of Evidence Needed to Implement?

Historically, D&I researchers have been expected to justify the evidence upon which their intervention is based.  In addition, that threshold may vary across health topic areas, stakeholder groups, and settings. This panel will explore how the field has grappled with this perennial challenge and the various arguments around the sufficiency of evidence.

Moderator

Jeremy Grimshaw
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Jeremy Grimshaw, MB.Ch.B., Ph.D.

Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program - Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Jeremy Grimshaw received a MBChB from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He trained as a family physician prior ... Read Bio

Speakers

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Austin Frakt, Ph.D.

Director, Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) - Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Austin Frakt is a Health Economist and Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the ... Read Bio

Mark Helfand
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Mark Helfand, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine and Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology - Oregon Health & Science University

Mark Helfand directs the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Coordinating Center and the West Coast Branch of ... Read Bio

Trish Riley
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Trish Riley, B.S., M.S.

Executive Director - National Academy for State Health Policy

Trish Riley is Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy and president of its corpora... Read Bio

Melissa Simon
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Melissa Simon, M.D.

George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences - Northwestern Medicine

Melissa Simon is the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology, Vice Chair of Clinical Research in th... Read Bio

Tuesday, December 5

Achieving Health Equity: The Role of D&I Research

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Ideally, D&I research is about ensuring optimally effective care to all who need it. However, there are potential unintended consequences of exacerbating inequities given the complexities of access, cost, and quality of care. This panel will discuss opportunities for D&I research to improve equity in health and healthcare.

Moderator

Ross Brownson
Presenter

Ross Brownson, Ph.D.

Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health - Brown School and School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

Ross Brownson, Ph.D., is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health. He studies the translation of evidence... Read Bio

Speakers

Theresa Betancourt
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Theresa Betancourt, Sc.D., M.A.

Professor - Boston College School of Social Work

Theresa Betancourt is a professor at the Boston College School of Social Work and Director of the Research Pr... Read Bio

Lisa Cooper
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Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor; James F. Fries Professor of Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity - Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Lisa Cooper is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine, and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Health E... Read Bio

Irene Dankwa-Mullan
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Irene Dankwa-Mullan, M.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Chief Health Officer - IBM Watson Health

Dr. Dankwa-Mullan is the Deputy Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health, and the lead scientific officer fo... Read Bio

Uche Uchendu
Presenter

Uche Uchendu, M.D.

Chief Officer for Health Equity, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Uchenna S. Uchendu was appointed as the Chief Officer for Health Equity, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) ... Read Bio

Tuesday, December 5

The Next Generation of D&I Research

4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Over the last decade, the field of D&I research has made significant progress in developing methods, measures, and technologies to yield high quality, impactful studies. This panel will reflect on ways in which D&I researchers can optimize the use of these advances and consider what is needed for the next decade.

Moderator

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Board Member, Committee Member, Staff

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP

President and CEO - AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recog... Read Bio

Speakers

David Atkins
Presenter

David Atkins, Ph.D.

Director, BRiTE Center - University of Washington

Dave Atkins, Ph.D., is Research Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washingto... Read Bio

Cohen
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Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine - Oregon Health & Science University

Deborah Cohen, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon H... Read Bio

Ross Hammond
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Ross Hammond, Ph.D.

Director, Center on Social Dynamics and Policy - Brookings Institution

Dr. Hammond is Senior Fellow in Economics at Brookings and Director of the Center on Social Dynamics & Policy,... Read Bio

Cara Lewis
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Cara Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Investigator - Kaiser Washington Health Research Institute

Dr. Cara C. Lewis is a licensed clinical psychologist, associate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington ... Read Bio

Wednesday, December 6

Reflections on the Impact of a Decade of Research

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The ultimate goal of D&I research is to yield dramatic benefits in health and healthcare. This panel will reflect on the impact that D&I research has made and how we can maximize the value of our research.

Moderator

David Chambers

David Chambers, D.Phil.

Deputy Director for Implementation Science - National Cancer Institute

Dr. David Chambers is Deputy Director for Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Div... Read Bio

Speakers

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Jeffrey Brenner, M.D.

Senior Vice President of Integrated Health and Human Services - UnitedHealthcare

Jeffrey Brenner is the Senior Vice President of Integrated Health and Human Services at UnitedHealthcare Commu... Read Bio

Russ Glasgow
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Russ Glasgow, Ph.D.

Director, Dissemination and Implementation Science Program of ACCORDS - University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Russell E. Glasgow focuses on issues of designing for implementation and sustainability, adaptations to pr... Read Bio

Enola Proctor
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Enola Proctor, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institue for Public Health - Washington University

Dr. Proctor’s teaching and research are motivated by the question, how do we ensure that people receive the ve... Read Bio

Sanghavi
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Darshak Sanghavi, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Translation - OptumLabs

Darshak Sanghavi, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Translation at OptumLabs. Read Bio