P015 – Harnessing the Potential of Implementation Science to Advance Universal Health Coverage (UHC): A Workshop on UHC Research Priorities

Organized Session 18

Date: Thursday 9 May 2024
Time: 14:30 - 15:45 PM
Room: Orchid
Speakers: Erica Di Ruggiero, Beverley Essue, Sumit Kane, Breanna Wodnik, Prossy Namyalo, Lydia Kapiriri, Rahab Mbau , Avram Denburg

Details descriptions of the session:

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a global health priority identified in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that continues to garner increased attention on country-level policy agendas. While implementation science (IS) holds promise for generating much-needed evidence on scaling equitable and sustainable health system strengthening interventions, it has been under-utilized in advancing UHC goals. Using Delphi methods that engaged n=95 participants (n=75 in subsequent rounds), we streamlined a suite of 42 IS research priorities for progressing UHC that align with four domains: 1) financial risk protection, 2) equity, 3) health workers’ role, and 4) governance. This workshop will engage diverse global stakeholders from academic, policy and practice institutions and civil society organizations in dialogue on the research priorities that were determined through two rounds of consensus-building surveys and a virtual workshop. The research priorities will be presented using a short presentation; subsequently, a moderated panel of speakers, with representation from government, civil society, academia and a funder, will discuss and respond to the research priorities. Attendees will have an opportunity to work in smaller facilitated groups to discuss context-relevant lines of research inquiry to advance action on the research priorities and explore opportunities for multi-country collaboration and co-development of research proposals.


Learning objectives and target audience:

The learning objectives are as follows:

  1. To orient attendees to evidence-based and research informed IS research priorities for UHC;
  2. To facilitate a discussion with diverse global stakeholders on the IS research priorities for UHC;
  3. To foster collaborative engagement among attendees on the research priorities and opportunities to co-develop/generate context-relevant ideas for IS-focused research questions and funding proposals stemming from the priorities.
Structure of presentation:

The 90-minute session will be used as follows:

  • Opening and welcome (5 mins)
  • Research presentation on the implementation science research priorities for Universal Health Coverage (15 mins)
  • Moderated panel
    Panelists: Professor Lydia Kapiriri, Dr. Megumi Rosenberg (WHO) Kobe Centre, Japan and Ms. Kannikar Kijtiwatchakul, National Health Security Office (NHSO), Thailand (TBC) (40 mins)
  • Facilitated small group discussions on areas of research aligned to the research priorities (25 mins)
  • close (5 mins)
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