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Implementation science has emerged as a recent focus in health services research, yet there is a long history of implementation science research in other fields, including social policy, public health education and community psychology. While several implementation frameworks have been developed in health care, they are not necessarily relevant to public health given differences in the kinds of interventions implemented in public health versus health care more generally. In this presentation, Dr. Marjorie MacDonald will provide background on the development of implementation science as a field and its relationship to knowledge translation. She will describe her research team’s recent work to develop an implementation science framework that emphasizes community processes relevant to public health. She will touch on recent studies that focus on implementation science in food safety and security, chronic disease prevention, harm reduction, and health equity, as well as her team’s progress conducting a realist synthesis of the implementation of public health interventions. In this, she will speak about the larger systemic and organizational factors that influence the implementation of complex public health interventions.
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Presenter: Dr. Marjorie MacDonald
Marjorie MacDonald is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. She held one of 15 inaugural CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Research Chairs. Her chair was in Public Health Education and Population Intervention Research (2008-2014). Dr. MacDonald is currently co-director of the Research in Public Health Systems and Services Initiative at UVIC along with Dr. Trevor Hancock. Her research interests include public health nursing, public health policy and practice, public health services/systems research particularly related to public health renewal and heath equity. Dr. MacDonald’s current research projects include The Equity Lens in Public Health and Realist Synthesis of the Implementation of Public Health Interventions.
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