New Center Holds First Scientific Meeting on Prevention of Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior

The Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior held its first scientific and advisory board meeting Nov. 7-9 at the Viceroy Hotel, Club 50, in Miami.

Under the direction of C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and public health, the NIH-funded center was established in 2011 to develop cutting-edge methods in the emerging field of interventional behavioral sciences.

The center focuses on three critical goals — to integrate and extend system science methods to address challenges of federally funded implementation research aimed at preventing drug use and sexual risk behaviors, facilitate the seamless integration of methodology into the next generation of prevention implementation research on drug use and sexual risk behavior, and develop a new hybridized form of implementation research by integrating methods within the practice of prevention implementation at the local, state and federal levels.

The meeting featured presentations from advisory board members, an overview of the center, partnerships and collaborations with federal, state and local communities, and an action plan for the next five years.

By partnering and collaborating with key stakeholders, Brown hopes the center will enhance the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of effective programs.

The center also contributes to the young field of implementation science by integrating perspectives from prevention science, public health, behavioral, developmental, and ecological sciences, organizational research, communications, biostatistics, computer science, systems engineering, health economics, psychometrics, ethnography, and physics.

Center members collaborate and consult on implementation projects that are funded or being planned, as well as provide training to diverse groups engaged in implementation. The center also provides mentoring and funding for pilot projects for early career investigators and postdoctoral fellowships and collaborations with leading prevention implementation researchers across the country.

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