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Using Implementation Science to Move Environmental Health Discoveries into the Real-world

Partnerships for Environmental Public Education (PEPH)

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Using Implementation Science to Move Environmental Health Discoveries into the Real-world

March 17, 2021

Interviewee: Lindsey Ann Martin, Ph.D.

In this podcast, we’ll hear from Lindsey Ann Martin, Ph.D., from the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training, about the intersection of implementation science and environmental health research.

Using Implementation Science to Move Environmental Health Discoveries into the Real-world

Scientists frequently make new discoveries that have the potential to improve health – but these breakthroughs don’t automatically or easily translate into real-world benefits. Research shows that it can take decades for health-related discoveries to be integrated into routine health care and public health practice.

Determining effective ways to close gaps between what scientists know and what people do is a goal of implementation science. Implementation science is defined as “the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care and public health settings to improve our impact on population health.” Importantly, implementation researchers identify barriers to adoption of fact-based knowledge and develop strategies to overcome those barriers so that all people may benefit from an effective intervention.

This podcast explores how environmental health scientists can embrace implementation science to enhance the public health impact of their research and address environmental health disparities.

Interviewee: Lindsey Ann Martin, Ph.D.

Lindsey Ann Martin, Ph.D.

Lindsey Ann Martin, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist Administrator in the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training. Trained as a medical anthropologist, Martin oversees NIEHS-funded research focused on implementation and dissemination sciences, environmental health disparities, and community-based research approaches.

Martin joined NIEHS in January 2020 from the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston, Texas. There, she served as the lead qualitative methodologist in the Methodology and Analytics Core and was also a faculty advisor to the Veteran Community Engagement Committee. Lindsey also had an active role in the VA’s National Workgroup on Veteran Engagement.

Martin graduated with a doctorate and master’s degree in anthropology from Wayne State University (WSU). She also earned a graduate certificate in public health practice from the WSU School of Medicine and participated in the NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health program in 2017.

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