Creating Incentives for Greater University Engagement in Global Health Implementation Science


Thursday March 15, 2018
1:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Lincoln
New York Hilton Hotel - Midtown
New York, NY

• USAID Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project at University Research Co., LLC

Implementation Science (IS) depends on partnerships that include research, implementation, and policy stakeholders. The HEARD Project engages university partners to provide technical and methodological guidance as integral parts of multi-stakeholder research teams. Fully leveraging university partners, however, requires working closely with academic institutions to understand and re-shape incentive structures that present challenges to university participation in IS partnerships. While academic environments excel at nurturing scientific rigor, academic promotion and tenure policies incentivize publications rather than demonstrated uptake of research findings to improve health policies and programs. In this context, it can be difficult for university-based researchers to prioritize sharing of real-time data and rapid evidence synthesis with decision-makers.

In this session, we will convene IS stakeholders for a session featuring brief presentations and a moderated discussion on the conceptual and practical considerations of challenges to university participation in IS partnerships as well as opportunities to overcome those challenges.

The session will seek to accomplish the following objectives:
• Convene a critical discussion among university and non-university stakeholders in global health on incentive structures that pose challenges to full engagement of universities in implementation science partnerships.
• Share examples of how teaching and research incentives have been aligned with the demands of implementation science to successfully leverage the methodological and technical strength universities bring to implementation science partnerships.
• Consider potential solutions, experience sharing mechanisms, and engagement strategies going forward to best foster university partner collaboration in global health implementation science


PANEL 1 (1:00pm-2:00pm)

An academic perspective on the challenges with university engagement in global health implementation science
A participatory session in which panelists as well as audience members will be called on to discuss the barriers academic researchers face in participating in implementation science and including it in curricula.

• Asri Adisasmita, Panel Chair (Vice Dean for Resource, Venture and General Administration, Universitas Indonesia)
• Dilys Walker (PI, East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative, Professor, FACOG, University of California, San Francisco)
• Denis Nash (Executive Director, CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, City University of New York)
• Rajesh Vedanthan (Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
• David Peters (Professor and Edgar Berman Chair in International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health)

PANEL 2 (2:15pm-3:15pm)

Best practices in partnering with universities on implementation science from the client perspective
A panel representing the clients of implementation science, including funders and implementers, will share the value of and best practices for engagement between universities and non-university partners.

• Laura Reichenbach, Panel Chair (Director, BREAKTHROUGH Research, Population Council)
• Shang-Ju Li (Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Americares)
• Joe Thomas (Executive Director, Partners in Population and Development)
• Montasser Kamal (Program Leader, Maternal and Child Health Team, International Development Research Centre)
• Scott Ratzan (President, AB InBev Foundation)
• Stefan Peterson (Chief of Health, UNICEF)

PANEL 3 (3:30pm-4:00pm)

Deans' Roundtable on overcoming barriers to university engagement
A panel of five Deans of Schools of Public health will discuss the challenges and best practices that surfaced from the earlier panels and consider how their own universities might respond to the imperative of university engagement on implementation science.

• Stefano Bertozzi, Panel Chair (Dean, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley)
• Ayman El-Mohandes (Dean, School of Public Health, City University of New York)
• Sabina Faiz Rashid (Dean, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University)
• Agustin Kusumayati (Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia)
• Iman Nuwayhid (Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
• Jimmy Volmink (Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University)