CHDS Research Scientist Nicole Gastineau Campos completed NIH’s Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), a 3-month online and in-person workshop. The workshop trains investigators in strategies for overcoming barriers to implementing evidence-based interventions, tools, policies, and guidelines. TIDIRH faculty and guest lecturers included leading experts in Dissemination and Implementation theory, research design, and methodology.
As a decision scientist focused on cervical cancer prevention strategies in low-resource settings, Dr. Campos participated in TIDIRH to advance her skills and knowledge in implementation of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions. The World Health Organization recommends screening for cervical cancer with HPV DNA testing yet the challenge of translating these guidelines into practice remain formidable. Low- and middle-income countries have introduced HPV-based screening but continue to face logistical barriers and resource constraints to efficiently scale-up these services. Dr. Campos’ future plans include implementation research in El Salvador where HPV testing is currently being integrated into the cervical cancer screening program.
To learn more about cervical cancer screening in El Salvador: Campos NG et al. The Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness of HPV-Based Cervical Cancer Screening Algorithms in El Salvador. International Journal of Cancer 2015; 137 (4): 893-902.
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