HEARD at the 9th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference


At the 9th annual conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), USAID’s Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project led a satellite session on Creating Incentives for Greater University Engagement in Global Health Implementation Science. The half-day session consisted of three high-level panels of global health university and non-university stakeholders on the challenges with, and models and potential strategies for enhancing the participation of academic institutions in implementation science.

The first two panels brought together senior-level implementation science stakeholders ranging from academic researchers, to advocates and implementers, to multilateral and bilateral health organizations. Panelists engaged in a critical discussion on university participation in implementation science, explored best practices in university-implementer partnerships, and shared experiences and reflections on how to overcome barriers.

The concluding panel of six public health deans from around the world engaged in a candid discussion on:

  • the different ways implementation science exists within the education, research, and service pillars of their institutions
  • how best to ensure both students and faculty develop the skills needed to conduct rigorous research that has real-world impact in real time
  • how to overcome the barriers for academic researchers engaging in this work

Please find information on each panel below, including links to each video, panelist bios, and agenda. To read a synthesis of the first two panels, click here. For a summary of the third panel, click here. Alternatively, find our complete Implementation Science for Global Health (ISforGH) newsletter covering CUGH2018 here.

Panel 1

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

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

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)


Panel 1 Video

Panel 2 Video

Panel 3 Video