Welcome to As it IS, a podcast that gives you a window into the fast-paced, exciting and evolving science of dissemination and implementation.   

What to expect

Our monthly episodes feature important, unique and provocative voices in the field — especially those that have not been adequately heard. We have nimble but serious conversations about where the field stands, our hopes and fears for it, and insights, questions and observations about it. 

How to listen

As it IS is available to listen to on PodBean and the following streaming services.

Pilot Episode

Listen to Dr. Elvin Geng share his motivation about starting this podcast and what to expect in the first season.

Join us as a listener, and if you feel inspired, perhaps one day join us as a participant.   

Want to be a guest on the podcast? Contact Ashley Sturm at sturm@wustl.edu.

Our motivation

In recent years, scientific research has been highly successful at finding ways to improve the health of people. We have developed and tested countless new medications, devices and therapies that can contribute to progress against cancer, heart disease and many other conditions, such as COVID. Yet, these solutions only become meaningful when used by people in need — this is where success has been difficult.

Today, Americans receive half of indicated health care (globally that figure is lower), resulting in avoidable and unacceptable suffering.  

Until recently, implementation has been thought of as what happens after we produce scientific solutions, not as a topic for inquiry. 

That is changing.

Implementation science is a rapidly growing network of discourse, scholars, scientific conferences and journals. However, despite huge growth and popularity, there are uncertainties.

  • How much of implementation science is recycled? 
  • How does it differ from social sciences? 
  • How can we generalize insights about implementation when they take place in such diverse contexts? 

As it IS is a podcast hosted by the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science at WashU’s Institute for Public Health. The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the host and guest(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Institute for Public Health or Washington University