ViiV Healthcare will host an Implementation Science Network meeting at the ID Week conference, October 4–8 in San Diego, California. The Network meeting is a follow-up to the inaugural Implementation Science Network, which convened at the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference in July, and will focus on case studies in the areas of retention in care, re-engagement in care and HIV in the South.
The Lancet defines implementation science (IS) — a relatively new concept in HIV — as a multidisciplinary specialty that seeks generalizable knowledge about the behavior of stakeholders, organizations, communities and individuals in order to understand the scale of, reasons for and strategies to close the gap between evidence and routine practice for health in real-world contexts.
The Implementation Science Network seeks to further facilitate the creation of a thriving IS community, committed to tackling gaps in the HIV care continuum in a robust and scientific way while continuing to drive action, increase awareness and create a sense of urgency around the topic.
“The only way will we truly make strides towards ending the HIV epidemic is by deeply understanding the barriers to continuously seeking and staying in HIV care and designing effective interventions that address those barriers,” said Pedro Eitz Ferrer, director of U.S. Strategic Projects — HIV Public Health at ViiV Healthcare. “ViiV Healthcare is proud to host the latest gathering of the Implementation Science Network, which is dedicated to this pursuit.”
ViiV Healthcare is applying the principles of IS to our mapping an HIV-free future initiative, specifically with our Positive Pathways program, which aims to address gaps in the patient-care pathway with the goal of ensuring people living with HIV are diagnosed, retained and fully engaged in care. Find out more about ViiV Healthcare’s commitment to IS here.