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Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS)

Yale School of Public Health's new Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) was created to develop and disseminate innovative methodologic approaches to address these implementation gaps and directly improve health outcomes worldwide. 

A mere 14 percent of biomedical research is ever translated into practice, and among these 17 years pass on average from the time a research article is submitted to eventual implementation. Cervical cancer, for example, is now uncommon in North America and Western Europe, but it remains a leading cause of cancer mortality among women in low- and middle-income countries. Similar patterns exist for HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities at Yale

Volunteering with community organizations:

Community-based organizations face human resource challenges and possible long-term financial deficits. Volunteer opportunities to support organizations and our community during this time remain, including non-clinical, remote, and limited-contact community service. The Yale Schools of Public Health (YSPH), Nursing, and Medicine and the Center for Research and Engagement are partnering with United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) to share the many urgent opportunities within our area.  Please visit this link to learn more. UWGNH is coordinating volunteer opportunities such as reading to kids from your home and making and/or distributing masks. Contact for more information, or visit our Short-Term Urgent Volunteer Needs page for a broader list of at home and in person volunteer needs.

Another option is through, a New Haven-wide volunteer management platform created by Yale students where Yale, local university students and residents of New Haven can apply for on-site or remote COVID-19 volunteer positions, and where local non-profits and government can recruit and on-board volunteers quickly. You can also follow it on FacebookTwitter, or sign up for the newsletter to receive updates on the latest openings.

If you have already volunteered in any capacity in any location, or if you are still interested in doing so, please complete this very brief survey.  

The Coordinated Food Assistance Network of Greater New Haven is seeking drivers for the Pantry to Pantry grocery delivery program! Pantry to Pantry is for low-income households in the Greater New Haven area who would like to access a food pantry, but can't leave home due to age, health status, or disability. Drivers will pick up food for 4-7 households from a pantry in downtown New Haven, along with all the information and materials required to make the deliveries safely in under 2 hours. Please fill out this form, and a member of the Pantry to Pantry team will send a text in the next few days to schedule your first delivery route. 

If you or someone you know needs Pantry to Pantry deliveries, enroll by calling the hotline: 888-910-2960.

Community service learning :

In addition to community-based volunteer opportunities, there may be community service learning opportunities to assist in public health efforts to address COVID-19, such as fielding questions at a telephone bank, contact tracing, or assisting in researching best practices. Community service learning is distinct from volunteering in that it combines the application of public health skills and knowledge to meet societal needs.  YSPH is engaged in a national community health worker training initiative ( A webpage will be up soon to capture your interest but, in the meantime, you may contact YSPH Chief of Staff, Heidi Richard ( with your contact information.

Specifically for students interested in community service learning and APE, a new resource section has been created with SAYPH’s counsel on the myYSPH COVID site.  If you would like to donate for food or other compelling community needs, here is one option, in the words of President Salovey,   

"[Yale] will fully match every dollar given by faculty, students, and staff up to our $5 million goal". The fund will be managed by Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs …. To contribute to this fund, please click here

Blood Donation :

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there is a nationwide blood shortage. If you are interested in donating blood, please contact the Red Cross  for an appointment.

Upcoming Events - Spring 2020

  • May 27, 2020: Colleen Chan, PhD student, Department of Statistics and Data Science, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, presents at CMIPS "Improving the estimation of total effects when direct effects are provided in a meta-analysis" at 12pm via zoom here

CMIPS beyond Yale

  • June 1, 2020: Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhDProfessor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Yale School of Public Health, Invited Kellogg Prize for Lifetime Achievements in International Nutrition Award Lecturer at Nutrition 2020 Conference in Seattle, WA 
  • June 1, 2020: Elizabeth Rhodes, PhD, Post-doctorate Associate of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, Invited speaker presents "Using peer educators to deliver a worksite-based lifestyle program to reduce cardiometabolic risk in India" at Nutrition 2020 Conference in Seattle, WA
  • July 1-6, 2020Ariel Chao, MPH Candidate, Yale School of Public Health, and Donna Spiegelman, ScD, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics, Yale School of Public Health, poster presentation on "Mortality under early access to antiretroviral therapy versus Eswatini’s national standard of care: The MaxART clustered randomized stepped wedge trial" at AIDS 2020:Virtual
  • August 2, 2020: Colleen Chan, Department of Statistics and Data Science, Yale University and Donna Spiegelman, ScD, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics, Yale School of Public Health, oral presentation on "Improving the estimation of total effects when direct effects are provided in a meta-analysis" at the JSM 2020 in Philadelphia, PA

CMIPS Recently Published and Accepted Manuscripts

  • Vilar-Compte, M., Pérez, V., Teruel, G, Pérez-Escamilla. R. Costing of actions to safeguard vulnerable Mexican households with young children from the consequences of COVID-19 social distancing measures. Int J Equity Health 1970 (2020)
  • Nevo D, Lok J, Spiegelman D. Analysis of "Learn-As-You-Go"' (LAGO) Studies.  Annals of Statistics. 2020. Accepted 
  • Ferro A, Rosato V, Rota M, Costa AR, Morais S, Pelucchi C, Johnson KC, Hu J, Palli D, Ferraroni M, Zhang ZF, Bonzi R, Yu GP, Peleteiro B, López-Carrillo L, Tsugane S, Hamada GS, Hidaka A, Zaridze D, Maximovitch D, Vioque J, Navarrete-Munoz EM, Aragonés N, Martín V, Hernández-Ramírez RU, Bertuccio P, Ward MH, Malekzadeh R, Pourfarzi F, Mu L, López-Cervantes M, Persiani R, Kurtz RC, Lagiou A, Lagiou P, Boffetta P, Boccia S, Negri E, Camargo MC, Curado MP, La Vecchia C, Lunet N.  Meat intake and risk of gastric cancer in the Stomach cancer Pooling (SToP) project.  Int J Cancer. 2020 Jul 1; 2019 Nov 22. 
  • Kumar N, Forastiere L, Zhang T, Yang F, Li KT, Tang W, Tucker JD, Christakis NA, Alexander M.  Lack of sexual behavior disclosure may distort STI testing outcomes. BMC Public Health. 2020 May 4; 2020 May 4. 
  • Forastiere L, Carugno M, Baccini M.  Assessing short-term impact of PM10 on mortality using semiparametric generalized propensity score approach.  Environ Health. 2020 May 1.
  • Abioye AI, Aboud S, Premji Z, Etheredge AJ, Gunaratna NS, Sudfeld CR, Noor RA, Hertzmark E, Spiegelman D, Duggan C, Fawzi W. Hemoglobin and hepcidin have good validity and utility for diagnosing iron deficiency among pregnant women.  Eur J Clin Nutr. 2020 May; 2019 Oct 17. 
  • Turner EL, Yao L, Li F, Prague M.  Properties and pitfalls of weighting as an alternative to multilevel multiple imputation in cluster randomized trials with missing binary outcomes under covariate-dependent missingness.  Stat Methods Med Res. 2020 May; 2019 Jul 11.  
  • Chao A, Spiegelman D, Khan S, Walsh F, Mazibuko S, Pasipamire M, Chai B, Reis R, Mlambo K, Delva W, Khumalo G, Zwane M, Fleming Y, Mafara E, Hettema A, Lejeune C, Bärnighausen T, Okello V. Mortality Under Early Access to Antiretroviral Therapy Versus Eswatini’s National Standard of Care: The MaxART Clustered Randomized Stepped Wedge Trial. HIV Medicine. 2020. Accepted
  • Pedroso J, Buccini G, Venancio SI, Pérez-Escamilla R, Gubert MB.  Maternal mental health modifies the association of food insecurity and early child development.  Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Apr 30.
  • Whittemore R, Vilar-Compte M, De La Cerda S, Delvy R, Jeon S, Burrola-Méndez S, Pardo-Carrillo M, Lozano-Marrufo A, Pérez-Escamilla R. <i>¡Sí, Yo Puedo Vivir Sano con Diabetes!</i> A Self-Management Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial for Low-Income Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Mexico City. Curr Dev Nutr. 2020 Apr 14;4(5)
  • Brault MA, Spiegelman D, Abdool Karim SS, Vermund SH.  Integrating and Interpreting Findings from the Latest Treatment as Prevention Trials.  Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2020 Apr 16. 
  • Pérez-Escamilla R, Segura-Pérez S.  Can a pragmatic responsive feeding scale be developed and applied globally?  Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Apr 15.
  • Spiegelman D, Lovato L, Khudyakov P, Adebamowo C, Anthony-Adebamowo S, Appel L, Beulens J, Coughlin J, Dragsted LO, Edenberg H, Eriksen JN, Estruch R, Grobbee DE, Lazo M, Gulayin P, Irazola V, Krystal J, Murray M, Rimm E, Schrieks I, Willamson J, Mukamal KJ. The Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial (MACH15): Design and methods for a randomized clinical trial of moderate alcohol consumption and cardiometabolic risk. European Journal of Preventative Cardiology. 2020 Apr 6.
  • Xu MR, Kelly AMB, Kushi LH, Reed ME, Koh HK, Spiegelman D. Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Colorectal Cancer outcomes: A Systematic Review. Am J Prev Med. 2020 Apr; 2020 Jan 31.
  • Harding K, Aryeetey R, Carroll G, Lasisi O, Pérez-Escamilla R.  Breastfeed4Ghana: Design and evaluation of an innovative social media campaign. Young M. Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Apr; 2019 Dec 22.
  • Ferré-Eguiluz I, Buccini G, Hromi-Fiedler A, Rovelo N, González de Cosío T, Pérez-Escamilla-Costas JR, Pérez-Escamilla-González JR, Pérez-Escamilla R. Content analysis of media coverage of breastfeeding in Mexico.  Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Apr; 2019 Dec 15.
  • Martinez-Brockman JL, Harari N, Goeschel L, Bozzi V, Pérez-Escamilla R. A qualitative analysis of text message conversations in a breastfeeding peer counseling intervention. Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Apr; 2019 Dec 11.
  • Barnhart DA, Spiegelman D, Zigler CM, Kara N, Delaney MM, Kalita T, Maji P, Hirschhorn LR, Semrau KEA. Coaching Intensity, Adherence to Essential Birth Practices, and Health Outcomes in the BetterBirth Trial in Uttar Pradesh, India. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2020 Mar 30; 2020 Mar 31.
  • Li F, Harhay MO. Commentary: Right truncation in cluster randomized trials can attenuate the power of a marginal analysis.  Int J Epidemiol. 2020 Mar 25; 2020 Mar 25.
  • Eilers MA, Hendrick CE, Pérez-Escamilla R, Powers DA, Potter JE. Breastfeeding Initiation, Duration, and Supplementation Among Mexican-Origin Women in Texas. Pediatrics. 2020 Apr;145(4):e20192742. Epub 2020 Mar 18. 
  • Aryeetey R, Lasisi O, Hromi-Fiedler A, Carroll G, Pérez-Escamilla R, Harding K. Design and testing of communication materials for a breastfeeding social media marketing campaign: Breastfeed4Ghana. Digit Health. 2020 Mar 16;6
  • Buccini G, Harding KL, Ferré Eguiluz I, Safon CB, Hromi-Fielder A, González de Cosío T, Pérez-Escamilla R. An analysis of stakeholder networks to support the breastfeeding scale-up environment in Mexico. J Nutr Sci. 2020 Mar 9;9:e10
  • Li KT, Huang W, Tang W, Wu F, Zhao Y, Wu D, Yang F, Zhang TP, Forastiere L, Alexander M, Kumar N, Tucker JD.  A Secondary Mixed Methods Analysis of a Pay-it-forward Gonorrhea/Chlamydia Testing Program among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China. Sex Transm Dis. 2020 Mar 5; 2020 Mar 5
  • Adeoti O, Spiegelman D, Afonne C, Falade CO, Jegede AS, Oshiname FO, Gomes M, Ajayi IO.  The fidelity of implementation of recommended care for children with malaria by community health workers in Nigeria. Implement Sci. 2020 Mar 4; 2020 Mar 4.
  • Hernández-Ramírez RU, Qin L, Lin H, Leyden W, Neugebauer RS, Althoff KN, Hessol NA, Achenbach CJ, Brooks JT, Gill MJ, Grover S, Horberg MA, Li J, Mathews WC, Mayor AM, Patel P, Rabkin CS, Rachlis A, Justice AC, Moore RD, Engels EA, Silverberg MJ, Dubrow R.  Association of Immunosuppression and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Viremia With Anal Cancer Risk in Persons Living with HIV in the United States and Canada. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 3.
  • Wong BHW, Lee J, Spiegelman D, Wang M. Estimation and inference for the population attributable risk in the presence of misclassification. Biostatistics. 2020 Feb 29; 2020 Feb 29.
  • Tamrakar D, Shrestha A, Rai A, Karmacharya BM, Malik V, Mattei J, Spiegelman D.  Drivers of healthy eating in a workplace in Nepal: a qualitative study. BMJ Open. 2020 Feb 25; 2020 Feb 25.
  • Li F.  Design and analysis considerations for cohort stepped wedge cluster randomized trials with a decay correlation structure. Statistics in Medicine. 2020 Feb 20; 2019 Dec 4.
  • de Oliveira KHD, de Almeida GM, Gubert MB, Moura AS, Spaniol AM, Hernandez DC, Pérez-Escamilla R, Buccini G.  Household food insecurity and early childhood development: Systematic review and meta-analysis.  Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Feb 12; 2020 Feb 1.
  • Boss M, Hartmann P, Turner J, Pritchard D, Pérez-Escamilla R, Clifford R.  Development of LactaPedia: A lactaion glossary for science and medicine. Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Feb 7; 2020 Feb 7.
  • Rota M, Alicandro G, Pelucchi C, Bonzi R, Bertuccio P, Hu J, Zhang ZF, Johnson KC, Palli D, Ferraroni M, Yu GP, Galeone C, López-Carrillo L, Muscat J, Lunet N, Ferro A, Ye W, Plymoth A, Malekzadeh R, Zaridze D, Maximovitch D, Kogevinas M, Fernández de Larrea N, Vioque J, Navarrete-Muñoz EM, Tsugane S, Hamada GS, Hidaka A, Pakseresht M, Wolk A, Håkansson N, Hernández-Ramírez RU, López-Cervantes M, Ward M, Pourfarzi F, Mu L, Kurtz RC, Lagiou A, Lagiou P, Boffetta P, Boccia S, Negri E, La Vecchia C.   Education and gastric cancer risk-An individual participant data meta-analysis in the StoP project consortium. Int J Cancer. 2020 Feb 1; 2019 Apr 10.
  • Noor RA, Abioye AI, Darling AM, Hertzmark E, Aboud S, Premji Z, Mugusi FM, Duggan C, Sudfeld CR, Spiegelman D, Fawzi W.  Prenatal Zinc and Vitamin A Reduce the Benefit of Iron on Maternal Hematologic and Micronutrient Status at Delivery in Tanzania. J Nutr. 2020 Feb 1.
  • Rivera-Rodriguez C, Haneuse S, Wang M, Spiegelman D.   Augmented pseudo-likelihood estimation for two-phase studies. Stat Methods Med Res. 2020 Feb; 2019 Mar 5.
  • Agami S, Zucker DM, Spiegelman D.  Estimation in the Cox survival regression model with covariate measurement error and a changepoint. Biom J. 2020 Jan 31; 2020 Jan 31.
  • Majoros WH, Kim YS, Barrera A, Li F, Wang X, Cunningham SJ, Johnson GD, Guo C, Lowe WL, Scholtens DM, Hayes MG, Reddy TE, Allen AS. Bayesian estimation of the genetic regulatory effects in high-throughput reporter assays. Bioinformatics. 2020 Jan 15.
  • LeMasters K, Andrabi N, Zalla L, Hagaman A, Chung EO, Gallis JA, Turner EL, Bhalotra S, Sikander S, Maselko J.  Maternal depression in rural Pakistan: the protective associations with cultural postpartum practices. BMC Public Health. 2020 Jan 15; 2020 Jan 15.
  • Zhou X, Liao X, Kunz LM, Normand ST, Wang M, Spiegelman D.  A maximum likelihood approach to power calculations for stepped wedge designs of binary outcomes. Biostatistics. 2020 Jan 1.
  • Mathis SM, Hagaman A, Hagemeier N, Baker K, Pack RP. Provider-patient communication about prescription drug abuse: A qualitative analysis of the perspective of prescribers. Subst Abus. 2020; 2019 Aug 12.
  • Gallis JA, Li F, Turner EL.  A command for bias-corrected sandwich variance estimation for GEE analyses of cluster randomized trials.  The Stata Journal. 2020. Accepted
  • Li F.  Comment: Stabilizing the doubly-robust estimators of the average treatment effect under positivity violations.  Statistical Science. 2020. Accepted
  • Barnhart D, Semrau K, Zigler C, Molina R, Delaney M, Hirschhorn L, Spiegelman D.  Optimizing the development and evaluation of complex interventions: Lessons learned from the BetterBirth Program and associated trial.  Implementation Science Communications. 2020. Accepted
  • Le Masters K, Andrabi N, Zalla L, Hagaman AK, Chung E, Bates LM, Bhalotra S, Rahman A, Sikander S, Turner L, Maselko A. Cultural postpartum practices and depression in rural Pakistan. BMC Public Health. In Press

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