Registration now open for the 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

The transformation of health care and public health toward a system that optimizes individual and population health is well under way, with significant expenditures at risk. As policy makers, employers, providers, and patients respond to new demands to show that health care delivery and public health systems can reliably deliver evidence-based and patient-centered services, many are eager to learn what works, for whom, in what contexts, and at what cost.

The 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, co-hosted by AcademyHealth and the National Institutes of Health, aims to engage researchers and experts by bridging the gap between evidence, practice, and policy in health care and public health.

The 2014 agenda includes a dynamic program with panel, oral, and plenary presentations, a keynote address, and two poster sessions, all complemented by peer-reviewed abstracts. The meeting theme, “Transforming Health Systems to Optimize Individual and Population Health” reflects the capacity of evidence-based practices in service delivery to influence health care and population health. Continue reading

Leveraging the power of design and design thinking for public health

Oct. 8, 2013, RWJF Blog

By Matthew Trowbridge

It is increasingly clear that solutions for our most pressing and challenging public health issues will ultimately hinge on designing environments that encourage healthy behavior choices by making them more available, economical, and enjoyable.

Traditional public health approaches are not perfectly suited to this task. For example, epidemiological studies allow us to measure the association between environmental design features such as parks or sidewalks and walking behavior, but these experimental data are generally insufficient to be either actionable by decision-makers or effective in prompting behavior change. As Jeff Speck, urban planner and theorist, observes in his recent book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time”:

“The pedestrian is an extremely fragile species, the canary in the coal mine of urban livability. Under the right conditions, this creature thrives and multiplies. But creating   those conditions requires attention to a broad range of criteria, some more easily         satisfied than others.” Continue reading