Proceedings from the 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

2021 Implementation Science  
the conference was held virtually December 15-17, 2020. While many virtual events attract fewer attendees than their in-person counterparts, the 2020 conference had the highest number of registrants: 1,587. As in prior years, a majority of attendees work in academic settings while 100 were students, 28 were patient scholarship recipients, and 133 participants joined us from 29 low-and middle-income countries. Over the three-day agenda, we hosted keynote and plenary sessions, concurrent podium
more » ... d poster sessions, workshops and discussion forums, and multiple networking events. The call for abstracts generated 767 submissions, including individual paper presentations, individual posters, and panel presentations spread across nine thematic tracks. Over two hundred reviewers from multiple disciplines, sectors, settings, and career stages comprehensively assessed the abstracts within each track, coordinated by the track leads. New this year, we piloted a streamlined process for developing concurrent sessions for multiple tracks: We increased the number of reviewers per abstract for more robust scores, which were then used by track leads to assemble thematically relevant concurrent sessions among the most rigorous submissions. Both track leads and reviewers were extremely positive about the new process which we will fully implement going forward. This supplement includes 112 abstracts from the concurrent paper and panel sessions which represents a variety of dissemination and implementation research funded by our conference sponsors as well as other agencies, organizations, and systems. As in previous years, the conference was organized into nine thematic tracks: Behavioral Health, Clinical Care Settings (separated into two tracks: Patient-Level Interventions and organized by these track themes. Slides and recordings of plenary and concurrent sessions (with the agreement of the authors) were posted on the conference website for 90 days after the conference. The additional 402 abstracts from the poster sessions are not included here but can be viewed at The scientific programming for the conference was driven by the ongoing partnership between the NIH and AcademyHealth with substantial support from a multidisciplinary program planning committee which informed the plenary sessions, recruited key speakers, and helped to develop the topics for workshops and discussion forums. Our keynote and three plenary panels all turned their attention to the challenges of and opportunities in addressing the global health crises and how D&I science can provide direct benefit to ongoing issues of access, implementation and scale-up of evidence-based care. Dr. Ashish Jha opened the conferences with a talk on "The Pandemic Response: Misadventures in Evidence, Communication, and Implementation" highlighting the challenges of effective communication and implementation in the face of rapidly evolving evidence, as well as the limitations in that evidence, particularly regarding systematically documenting health disparities. Dr. Jha highlighted the challenges of actions in the face of limited evidence as well as the challenges of misinformation and disinformation and emphasized the importance of humility particularly among our public health leaders. He concluded with three recommendations for the Implementation Science 2021, 16(Suppl 1):49
doi:10.1186/s13012-021-01110-6 pmid:34011360 fatcat:hteb73cdzrhifcpil5rp422xs4