The Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (D&I),  co-hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AcademyHealth, helps realize the full potential of evidence to optimize health and health care by bridging the gap between research, practice, and policy. By outlining the priorities in the field, the Science of D&I Conference aims to ensure that evidence is used to inform decisions that will improve the health of individuals and communities.

Guided by the theme, Scaling up Effective Health and Healthcare: Advancing the Research Agenda and Necessary Infrastructure, this year’s event will focus on strategies for scaling up effective interventions across communities, health systems, networks and countries, and efforts to build capacity for D&I science, with an emphasis on low-resource settings.

2018 Featured Speakers


Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer & Senior Vice President, Oncology - Flatiron Health

Amy Abernethy serves as chief medical officer, chief scientific officer and senior vice president, oncology, w... Read Bio


Alyce Adams, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Health Care Delivery and Policy - Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Alyce S. Adams is a Research Scientist III and Associate Director, Health Care Delivery and Policy at the Kais... Read Bio


Ebony Boulware, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine - Duke University School of Medicine

Ebony Boulware, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the D... Read Bio


Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer - Kaiser Permanente

Bechara Choucair, MD, is senior vice president and chief community health officer for Kaiser Foundation Health... Read Bio


Joe McCannon

Founder - Shared Nation

Joe McCannon leads Shared Nation, an online democracy initiative incubated by the Billions Institute. He co-fo... Read Bio

Mary McKay

Mary McKay, Ph.D.

Dean - Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Mary M. McKay joined the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis as dean in 2016, continuing the Sc... Read Bio

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Larry Palinkas, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Policy and Health - University of Southern California

Larry Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Chair of t... Read Bio

Lucy Savitz
Board Member

Lucy A. Savitz, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Vice President for Health Research - Kaiser Permanente - Northwest Region

Lucy Savitz has led a wide-ranging career. She brings a unique mix of perspectives having served as Economist... Read Bio


Vivian Tseng, Ph.D., B.A.

Senior Vice President of Programs - William T. Grant Foundation

Vivian Tseng is the Senior Vice President, Programs at the William T. Grant Foundation. She leads the Foundati... Read Bio


Milton Wainberg, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry - Columbia University

Milton is a Venezuelan, American and Brazilian researcher, clinician, and educator whose work has focused on b... Read Bio


Kevin G. Volpp, M.D., Ph.D.

Director - Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)

Dr. Volpp is the Janet and John Haas President’s Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Po... Read Bio


Doug Zatzick, M.D.

Professor - University of Washington School of Medicine

Doug Zatzick, MD completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the University of California ... Read Bio

What Past Attendees Are Saying

I love coming to D&I to really get a sense of the state of the science each year, connect with international colleagues, and learn about the latest innovations in how to approach complex implementation projects. It's a "must-attend" for anyone researching or doing implementation in health care.

I consistently find the D&I community humble, pragmatic, action-oriented and welcoming to a broad range of ideas about how to approach complex problems. It is a terrific home for those who want to bring change now.


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