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Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Sarah Gimbel, PhD, MPH, BSN
Assistant Professor

Family and Child Nursing
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

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Currently, I manage a multi-country NIH-funded study to develop a model for systematic assessment and improvement of the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (pMTCT) of HIV. For this project, I am collaborating with researchers from Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya to design and evaluate a tool and associated approach to enable nurse managers to better understand inefficiencies in their system’s performance, identify appropriate changes to address barriers to high quality pMTCT services and synthesize best practices and salient implementation science factors for dissemination. I am also the PI on behalf of Health Alliance International for the Mozambique portion of a 4-year prospective global evaluation of the GAVI Alliance, managed through the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation which seeks to understand and quantify the barriers to, and drivers of, immunization program improvement, including the contribution of the GAVI Alliance across 5 countries (Bangladesh, India, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia).


I will be teaching undergraduate courses during the 2013-2014 academic year including Development Across the Lifespan, in the fall with Dr. Teresa Ward and Nursing Leadership in the spring with Dr. Pamela Jordan. From 2010-2013, I led Global Health seminar in either fall or spring quarters, a general lecture series primarily targeting graduate students in the health sciences with interest in global health issues. In addition, I regularly teach Operations Research short courses with colleagues from the Department of Global Health both at the UW and at Universities and Ministries of Health in Peru, Mozambique, and Timor Leste.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

In addition to my primary appointment in Family Child Nursing, I hold an adjunct appointment in the Department of Global Health and act as a technical advisor for implementation science at Health Alliance International, a center under the Department of Global Health. I spend Winter Quarter in central Mozambique where my research primarily focuses on the development of improved models of delivery in resource limited settings.

Current Publications

Sherr K, Cuembelo F, Michel C, GIMBEL S, et al. Strengthening integrated primary health care in Sofala, Mozambique. Biomedical Central Health Services Research. In press.

Sherr K, Mussa A, Chilundo B, GIMBEL S, et al. Donor-induced brain drain and distortions of health workforce in Mozambique. PLoS ONE; 2012; 7:4. PMCID: PMC 3338796.

Wang, K, GIMBEL, S, Hagopian, A. The experience of Chinese physicians in national health diplomacy program deployed to Sudan. Global Public Health, 2012;7(2):196-211

GIMBEL, S, Micek M, Lambdin et al. An assessment of routine primary care health information system data quality in Sofala Province, Mozambique. Population Health Metrics. 2011 May 13;9:1212.

Current Research Projects

Jun 2013-May 2015 Main Phase Evaluation of GAVI Alliance in Mozambique, Year 1&2 GAVI/IHME Sarah Gimbel Primary Author, Program Manager $850,000

May 2013– Apr 2014 Strengthening Data Systems to Improve Delivery of Health Services in Mozambique USAID – Mozambique Kenneth Sherr Secondary Author $3,800,000

Nov 2012-May 2013 Inception Phase Plan for Mozambique GAVI Alliance Evaluation GAVI/IHME Stephen Gloyd Primary Author, Program Manager $145,000

Sept 2012 – Aug 2014 Systems Analysis and Improvement to Optimize pMTCT: A Cluster Randomized Trial NIH/NICHD (1R01HD075057-01) Kenneth Sherr Program Manager $899,000

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