The SMART Training Platform Webinar Series

Optimizing HIV-related Implementation Science


In this session, we will review some of the barriers to improving the integration of implementation research into service guidelines development. In addition, we will review the results of a recent systematic assessment of which implementation strategies have been used and where there are opportunities to engage different actors and targets for intervention strategies. Community engaged research is considered critical in improving implementation research and I will share a recent assessment of the facilitators and barriers to more effective partnerships between community groups and academic institutions in the context of HIV research. Finally, implementation researchers are deeply committed to real world impacts of their research. To this end, we will assess the “velocity” of implementation research data and opportunities for improving the real world impacts of our work.

Dr. Stefan Baral
Director, Key Populations Program, Center for Public Health and Human Rights

Dr. Stefan Baral is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Stefan completed his certification in Community Medicine as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Family medicine with the Canadian Council of Family Physicians and provides primary care services in shelters serving people experiencing homelessness.

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