May 14-15, 2019
Washington DC

Dr. David Jobes will present on “Messaging to Decision Makers”

Suicide is a serious public health problem and preventing suicide within the military is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) is part of an ongoing strategy to integrate and synchronize DoD and civilian efforts to implement a multidisciplinary research approach to suicide prevention through funding cutting-edge research and facilitating the dissemination of these research findings to military settings.

Over the last decade, the field of dissemination and implementation science has emerged to help bridge the gap between science and practice to ensure that evidence-based practices and findings reach the populations who need them. As the field has evolved, the majority of focus has been on implementation (i.e., systematic processes, activities, and resources used to integrate interventions into usual settings), instead of dissemination (i.e., mechanisms and approaches used to communicate and spread information about interventions to target populations). Indeed, although more than 60 theories and frameworks for implementation currently exist, there are only a few theories or frameworks about dissemination.

To this end, MSRC developed a 1.5-day Dissemination Science Institute that brought together dissemination experts, suicide prevention researchers (especially those with MSRC-funded studies), and leadership from the DoD and other large health systems.