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Implementation Science Hub


What is Implementation Science?

Implementation Science (IS) is the scientific study of the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions into clinical and community settings to improve individual outcomes and benefit population health. The field of implementation science intends to close the gap between what we know (theory & research) and what we do (practice and policy) by identifying and addressing the barriers that prevent or delay the uptake of proven health interventions and evidence-based practices. Dissemination and Implementation research (D&I) intends to bridge the gap between research, practice, and policy by building a knowledge base about how health information, effective interventions, and new clinical practices, guidelines, and policies are communicated and integrated for public health and health care service use in specific settings.

What is the Emory CFAR Implementation Science Hub?

The Emory CFAR Implementation Science (IS) Hub supports IS capacity-building among Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE)-funded investigators, federal partners, and other non-supplement projects beyond those at Emory. The Emory CFAR IS Hub provides training and technical assistance to HIV researchers conducting IS research, uniquely contributes specialized expertise to complement ongoing IS capacity-building activities and the other funded CFAR IS Hubs, and engages in collaborative, multi-site HIV IS research to inform best practices. The Emory CFAR IS Hub is housed in Emory’s CFAR Prevention and Implementation Sciences (PAIS) Core, and will also work with the other CFAR IS Hubs to meet its aims. The Emory CFAR IS Hub will also work in coordination with the HIV Implementation Science Coordination Initiative (ISCI), which oversees the national CFAR IS Hubs and creates opportunities to share generalizable knowledge to help end the HIV epidemic in the United States.


Emory CFAR Implementation Science Hub


Support IS capacity-building among CFAR/ARC EHE-funded investigators, federal partners, and projects beyond those at Emory.


Uniquely contribute specialized expertise specific to dissemination science to complement ongoing IS capacity-building activities of ICSI and other CFAR/ARC IS Hubs.


Engage in collaborative, multi-site IS research with ICSI and the Hubs to inform best practices.

IS Hub Alignment with Ending The Epidemic (EHE)

The EHE plan acknowledges that we have all the tools necessary to end the US HIV epidemic but are not implementing them adequately in communities with the greatest need, partly due to lack of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) science knowledge and expertise among HIV scientists. We have compiled a team, drawing on the rich D&I expertise across Emory University, to robustly support the D&I capacity-building needs of EHE grantees and federal partners in general, with specialized technology-focused services and dissemination science trainings and technical assistance.

Request IS Hub Services here through the PAIS Core >

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Collaborators and Resources

Implementation Science Coordination, Consultation, & Collaboration Initiative:

Learn more about ISC3I, which oversees the IS Hubs and creates opportunities to share generalizable knowledge to help end the HIV epidemic in the United States

Network for Evaluation and Implementation Sciences at Emory:

Learn more about NEISE, a network that encourages interdisciplinary research opportunities to harness the intellectual resources of Emory University and Greater Atlanta to create solutions for sustainable and resilient communities

Implementation Research Logic Model:

Learn more about the IRLM, an organizing tool developed to improve the specification, rigor, reproducibility, and transparency of implementation research projects of various study designs and at various stages of research. The IRLM is a required component of the FY2020 1- and 2-year Ending the HIV Epidemic ARC/CFAR supplement announcement

HIV Implementation Outcomes Crosswalk:

Learn more about the HIV Implementation Outcomes Operationalization Guide, a translational tool to help EHE-funded HIV researchers and implementation partners identify and select relevant implementation outcomes for their implementation research projects

Implementation Outcome Repository:

Learn more about the Implementation outcome instrument repository, a free online resource for implementation stakeholders, including researchers and healthcare professionals, wishing to quantitatively measure implementation outcomes


Learn more about RE-AIM and PRISM, an integrated framework developed to improve the adoption and sustainable implementation of evidence-based interventions in a wide range of health, public health, educational, community, and other settings

Emory CFAR IS Hub Leadership and Key Staff

Jessica Sales, PhD


Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD


Alexandra Morshed, PhD

Lead IS Consultant

Katy Berteau, MA

Project Manager

Olivia Sadler, MPH

Program Coordinator

Contact the Emory CFAR IS Hub

To contact the Emory CFAR IS Hub, reach out to Olivia Sadler.

Olivia Sadler, MPH
Program Coordinator, Emory CFAR IS Hub
Email: osadler@emory.edu
Office Phone: 770.380.6520

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Contact Us

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