A Closer Look at Implementation Science


Felipe Agudelo-Hernández, PhD – Pan American Health Organization,Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
Rodrigo Rojas-Andrade, PhD – Professor, Universidad Santiago de Chile, Director, Latin American Node of the Global Implementation Society

Series: Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED078000; MED102000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/FKNI8021

These pages are a testament of Latin American implementation science and our effort to share our findings and practices with researchers from other places on the planet. This book presents a set of people that produce and transform knowledge, and it gives voice to other approaches to implementation science that, paradoxically, lack establishment and replication of scientifically proven interventions in professional practice. It questions the logic of evidence-based research, which seems to blur social experience and mock the concepts of generalization and transformation. Will the Latin American experience be different? Will the gap be more visible from the community approach? Join us to fragment paradigms, to rethink and co-create communities, and not to impose individuality.

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Table of Contents

Rodrigo Rojas-Andrade, PhD

Chapter 1. Decolonizing Mental Health to Enhance Implementation in Latin America
Felipe Agudelo-Hernández¹, PhD, Jesús Eduardo Marulanda², MD, David Andrés Zapata Arias³, PhD, Laura Inés Plata-Casas, MSc, PhD, and Luisa Fernanda Cardona Porras, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, PhD in Social Sciences, Childhood and Youth. School of Medicine, University of Manizales, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
MD, School of Medicine, University of Manizales, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
Sociologist, Caldas University, Manizales, Colombia
Psychiatrist. Pontifical Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia
Psychologist, MSc in Epidemiology, MSc in Occupational Health, PhD in Modeling in Public Policy and Management. Colombian Ministry of Health, Bogotá, Colombia

Chapter 2. Governmental and Academic Research Efforts in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Interventions for Post-Conflict Colombia: An Implementation Science Analysis
Martha Escobar Lux¹,², MD, Ana Belén Giraldo², MD, María Camila García Durán³, and Fabio Idrobo³,⁴, PhD
¹Population Health Division and Mental Health Department, Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia
²Faculty of Medicine, Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia
³Population Health Division, Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia
⁴Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, Massachusetts, USA

Chapter 3. Drug Prevention and Treatment and Implementation Sciences. Does Implementation Science Have Anything to Contribute to This Field?
Rodrigo Goycolea Martinic
Faculty of Dentistry and Rehabilitation Sciences,, San Sebastián University, Santiago, Chile

Chapter 4. Regulatory Framework for the Approach to Psychoactive Substance Use in Colombia: A Look from Implementation Science
Ana Belén Giraldo Álvarez¹, MD, Silvana Michelsen Gómez¹, MD, Christian Javier Puentes Rodríguez¹, MD, Carlos Ignacio Orjuela Díaz¹, MD, Miguel Cote Menéndez², MD, and Pablo Zuleta González¹,³
Los Andes University. Bogotá, Colombia
Addictive behaviors University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Los Andes University, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
Director of the Area of Substance Use, Public Health, and Education of the Center for Security and Drug Studies, Los Andes University (CESED)

Chapter 5. Implementation: A Missing Link between Planning and Evaluation in Brazilian Collective Health Field?
Carlos Alberto dos Santos Treichel¹ and Rosana Teresa Onocko Campos²
¹Department of Maternal Child and Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
²Department of Collective Health, School of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Chapter 6. Analysis of the Implementation Process of the Social Competence and School Health Program in Public Schools in Bogotá
Helena Vélez-Botero and Luis Flórez Alarcón
Department of Psychology and Interfaculty PhD in Public Health, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia


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