Commonwealth Medicine is the health care consulting division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Researchers at Commonwealth Medicine are studying public health topics such as intellectual and developmental disabilities, end-of-life and long-term care, quality measures, substance abuse, and survey techniques. This collection showcases journal articles and other publications and presentations written by Commonwealth Medicine's faculty and researchers.

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Publications from 2018

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Discordance of voluntary HIV testing with HIV sexual risk-taking and self-perceived HIV infection risk among social media-using black, Hispanic, and white young-men-who-have-sex-with-men (YMSM), Kelsey A. Alexovitz, Roland C. Merchant, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

Publications from 2017

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Evaluation of the impact of a prescribing guideline on the use of intraoperative dexmedetomidine at a tertiary academic medical center, Abdullah M. Alhammad, Nour A. Baghdady, Rachel A. Mullin, and Bonnie C. Greenwood

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Common Health for the Commonwealth 9th Edition: Report on Preventable Conditions and Social Determinants of Health, Abby Animashaun, Robert W. Seifert, and Massachusetts Health Council

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Health Plan Member Outreach and Engagement: Best Practices, Jeff A. Auger

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Approaching Document Review in a Systematic Way, Linda M. Cabral

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Evaluating the Impact of Interventions by a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative Workgroup on Medication Prescribing Trends in a Medicaid Population, Ashley N. Camilo, Neha Kashalikar, Thomas C. Pomfret, Donna M. Faber, Kimberly J. Lenz, Joel Goldstein, Karen M. Clements, Michael Angelini, Patricia Leto, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Assuring Quality of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Services, Sherry J. Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Integrating Community Health Workers across the Healthcare Continuum, Susanne Campbell, Liz Fortin, and Marie Padilla

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Testing U.S. State-Based Training Models to Meet Health Workforce Needs in Long-Term Care, Jennifer Craft Morgan, Nadine Edris, Clare C. Luz, Daniel P. Ochylski, Anita Stineman, Leanne Winchester, and Susan A. Chapman

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Making addiction treatment work for inmates, Warren J. Ferguson

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A ‘Sleeper’ lurking in the GOP’s health-care overhaul, Rachel Gershon

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The Senate health care bill will block more from buying insurance, Rachel Gershon

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Waivers represent a quieter way for Republicans to change health care, Rachel Gershon

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The MassHealth Waiver 2016–2022: Delivering Reform, Rachel Gershon, Michael Grenier, and Robert W. Seifert

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Increasing Your Star Power with a Successful MTM Program, Bonnie C. Greenwood

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Prescription contraception use and adherence by women with substance use disorders, Gillian J. Griffith, Tara Kumaraswami, Stavroula A. Chrysanthopoulou, Kristin M. Mattocks, and Robin E. Clark

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Integrating Third Party Liability (TPL) Across Medicaid Operations and Enterprise Systems in Massachusetts, Jenifer Hartman

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Secrets for Effective Survey Invitations, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Evaluation of Progesterone Utilization and Birth Outcomes in a State Medicaid Plan, Tasmina Hydery, Mylissa K. Price, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Mito Takeshita, Parag S. Kunte, Rose P. Mauro, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Evaluation of Progesterone Agent Utilization and Birth Outcomes in a State Medicaid Plan, Tasmina Hydery, Mylissa K. Price, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Mito Takeshita, Rose Mauro, Parag Kunte, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Effectiveness of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir and Predictors of Treatment Failure in Members with Hepatitis C Genotype 1: A Retrospective Cohort Study in a Medicaid Population, George Kouris, Tasmina Hydery, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Pavel Lavitas, Caroline J. Alper, Mylissa K. Price, Karen M. Clements, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Starting at the End: Measuring Learning Using Retrospective Pre-Post Evaluations, Debi Lang and Judith A. Savageau

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Is R right for you? If yes…, Pei-Pei Lei

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Substance Use Disorder Privacy Law Limits Both Payers, Prescribers, Kimberly J. Lenz and Tyson Thompson

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Accountable Care Organizations and Alternative Payment Methods: Opportunities for Community Health Workers, Katharine London

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Community Health Workers: A Positive Return on Investment for Connecticut, Katharine London, Kelly Love, and Roosa Tikkanen

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Demonstrating Return on Investment for Community Health Worker Services: Translating Science into Practice, Katharine London, Kelly Love, and Roosa Tikkanen

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Sustainable Financing Models for Community Health Worker Services in Connecticut: Translating Science into Practice, Katharine London and Roosa Tikkanen

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Potential Healthcare Insurance and Provider Barriers to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Utilization Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men, Sarah J. Marks, Roland C. Merchant, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

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Using Assessment Data to Perform Outcome-Based Quality Measurement, Marybeth McCaffrey

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Providing Pediatric Asthma Home Visits by Community Workers -- Lessons Learned, David McCarthy

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Comparison of Home-Based Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Self-Testing Versus Mail-in Blood Sample Collection or Medical/Community HIV Testing By Young Adult Black, Hispanic, and White MSM: Results from a Randomized Trial, Roland C. Merchant, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Justin Romanoff, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

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Variations in Recruitment Yield and Characteristics of Participants Recruited Across Diverse Internet Platforms in an HIV Testing Study of Young Adult Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men (YMSM), Roland C. Merchant, Justin Romanoff, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

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State Differences in the Application of Medical Frailty Under the Affordable Care Act: 2017 Update, Peter Mosbach and Sherry J. Campanelli

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Health System Advance Care Planning Culture Change for High-Risk Patients: The Promise and Challenges of Engaging Providers, Patients, and Families in Systematic Advance Care Planning, Jennifer Reidy, Jennifer Halvorson, Suzana Makowski, Delila Katz, Barbara Weinstein, Christine McCluskey, Alex Doering, Kathryn DeCarli, and Jennifer Tjia

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Integrated behavioral health practice facilitation in patient centered medical homes: A promising application, Sarah S. Roderick, Nelly Burdette, Debra Hurwitz, and Pano Yeracaris

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The impact of mastectomy type on the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), satisfaction with appearance, and the reconstructed breast's role in intimacy, K. Rojas, M. Onstad, C. Raker, Melissa A. Clark, A. Stuckey, and J. Gass

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Data Analysis Basics – Part I, Judith A. Savageau

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Data Analysis Basics – Part II, Judith A. Savageau

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Counting and Computing with Microsoft Excel, Laura A. Sefton

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CHIP Reauthorization Update: Congressional Inaction Puts States in Limbo, Robert W. Seifert

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MassHealth: The Basics - Facts and Trends, Robert W. Seifert

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The importance of CHIP re-authorization for Massachusetts, Robert W. Seifert

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Impact of Reducing Eligibility for HUSKY Parents from 155% of FPL to 138% of FPL, Robert W. Seifert and Rachel Gershon

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The Effect of a Federal Controlled Substance Act Schedule Change on Hydrocodone Combination Products Claims in a Medicaid Population, Stephanie Tran, Pavel Lavitas, Karen Stevens, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Karen M. Clements, Caroline J. Alper, Kimberly J. Lenz, Mylissa K. Price, Tasmina Hydery, Jennifer L. Arnold, Mito Takeshita, Rachel Bacon, Justin P. Peristere, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Opioid Emergency: Treating Addiction is a Criminal Justice Issue, Julie White

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President Obama’s Legacy of Criminal Justice Reform: Reducing Disparity and Increasing Opportunity, Julie White

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The Case for the Patient-Centered Medical Home in Correctional Healthcare, Julie White

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Determination of Massachusetts’ respite policies and the potential impact of unpaid family care giver support on home and community based services, Leanne Winchester, Kate Russell, and Kelly Love

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The Association between Breakfast Skipping and Body Weight, Nutrient Intake, and Metabolic Measures among Participants with Metabolic Syndrome, Lijuan Zhang, Lorraine S. Cordeiro, Jinghua Liu, and Yunsheng Ma

Publications from 2016

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Quality Improvement (QI) in Evaluation: Ask Why Again and Again and Again, Ruth Aboagye, Sai Cherala, Pam Senesac, and Joan Johnston

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Quality Improvement (QI) in Evaluation: Anatomy of a Fishbone (Diagram), Ruth Aboagye, Pam Senesac, Anita Morris, Joan Johnston, and Sai Cherala

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AMCP Partnership Forum: Navigating Innovations in Diabetes Care, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and Mark A. Tesell

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Making Your Webinar Accessible, Angie Aguirre

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The Role of Managed Care Pharmacy in Improving Access to Naloxone: Findings from the AMCP Addiction Treatment Advisory Group, AMCP Addiction Treatment Advisory Group and Kimberly J. Lenz

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Lessons From a Care Management Pilot Program for People With Acquired Brain Injury, Laney Bruner-Canhoto, Judith A. Savageau, Deborah Croucher, and Kathryn Bradley

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Evaluating the Full Potential of Your Staff, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Utilizing Idea Boards as an Evaluation Tool, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Access to New Medications for Hepatitis C for Medicaid Members: A Retrospective Cohort Study, Karen M. Clements, Robin E. Clark, Pavel Lavitas, Parag Kunte, Camilla S. Graham, Elizabeth O'Connell, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul Jeffrey

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Pregnancy Characteristics and Outcomes among Women at Risk for Disability from Health Conditions Identified in Medical Claims, Karen M. Clements, Monika Mitra, Jianying Zhang, and Lisa I. Iezzoni

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A Call to Action: A Blueprint for Academic Health Sciences in the Era of Mass Incarceration, Warren J. Ferguson, David Cloud, Anne C. Spaulding, Deborah Shelton, Robert L. Trestman, Frederick L. Altice, Carisa Champion-Lippmann, David Thomas, and Faye S. Taxman

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Including Language Access into Medicaid ACO Design, Rachel Gershon, Lisa Morris, and Warren J. Ferguson

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Data Citation in Neuroimaging: Proposed Best Practices for Data Identification and Attribution, Leah B. Honor, Christian Haselgrove, Jean A. Frazier, and David N. Kennedy

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The Importance of Learning Objectives in Program Design and Evaluation, Debi Lang

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Overview of Comprehensive Hepatitis C Virus Medication Management in a State Medicaid Program, Pavel Lavitas, Mark A. Tesell, Tasmina Hydery, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Mylissa K. Price, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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The Beauty of Banner Tables, Pei-Pei Lei and Carla Hillerns

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Access to substance use treatment among young adults who use prescription opioids non-medically, Elliott J. Liebling, Jesse L. Yedinak, Traci C. Green, Scott E. Hadland, Melissa A. Clark, and Brandon D.L. Marshall

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Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence Against Men with Disabilities, Monika Mitra, Vera E. Mouradian, Michael H. Fox, and Carter Pratt

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Cancer of the uterus and treatment of stress incontinence: a pilot study, Katina Robison, Elizabeth Lokich, Sonali Raman, Christine Luis, Christina Raker, Melissa A. Clark, and Kyle Wohlrab

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Tweet, Like, Share: Using Social Media to Connect with the Evaluation World, Jennifer Rosinski

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Pitching to the Media: Getting the Press to Tell a Story about Your Evaluation Work, Jennifer Rosinski and Ellen Moran

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Recruitment and Retention of Community Health Center Primary Care Physicians post MA Health Care Reform: 2008 vs. 2013 Physician Surveys, Judith A. Savageau, Linda J. Cragin, Warren J. Ferguson, Laura A. Sefton, and Joan Pernice

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Behavioral Health Screening among Massachusetts Children Receiving Medicaid, Judith A. Savageau, David Keller, Georgianna Willis, Kathleen Muhr, Gideon Aweh, Jack Simons, and Emily Sherwood

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Searching for Literature Using Google Scholar, Laura A. Sefton

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Post-Project Debriefings as Part of Performance Improvement, Laura A. Sefton, Judith A. Savageau, and Linda M. Cabral

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Barriers to Care Coordination and Medical Home Implementation, Megan M. Tschudy, Jean L. Raphael, Umbereen S. Nehal, Karen G. O'Connor, Marc Kowalkowski, and Christopher J. Stille

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Driving Change: Tips for Helping Stakeholders Stay Motivated, Joshua P. Twomey and Joan Johnston

Publications from 2015

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Proceedings of the AMCP Partnership Forum: Breaking the Link Between Pain Management and Opioid Use Disorder, AMCP Partnership Forum and Paul L. Jeffrey

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American Psychiatry Should Join the Call to Abolish Solitary Confinement, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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To Transcribe or not to Transcribe….that is the Question, Linda M. Cabral

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Evaluation in Times of Change or Crisis, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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A Quest to Eliminate Double-Barreled Survey Questions, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Smart Survey Design: Randomization of Response Options, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Frequent Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations Among Homeless People With Medicaid: Implications for Medicaid Expansion, Wen-Chieh Lin, Monica Bharel, Jianying Zhang, Elizabeth O'Connell, and Robin E. Clark

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Dialogue Education, Parts 1 & 2, Theresa McGauley-Keaney

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Prevalence and risk factors for postpartum depression symptoms among women with disabilities, Monika Mitra, Lisa I. Iezzoni, Jianying Zhang, Linda M. Long-Bellil, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, and Bruce A. Barton

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A perinatal health framework for women with physical disabilities, Monika Mitra, Linda M. Long-Bellil, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, and Lisa I. Iezzoni

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Pregnancy outcomes among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Monika Mitra, Susan L. Parish, Karen M. Clements, Xiaohui Cui, and Hafsatou Diop

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Pregnancy Outcomes Among U.S. Women With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Susan L. Parish, Monika Mitra, Esther Son, Alexandra Bonardi, Paul T. Swoboda, and Leah Igdalsky

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The academic and health policy conference on correctional health: evaluation of its academic and scientific impact, Judith A. Savageau, Warren J. Ferguson, and Laura A. Sefton

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Identifying the Best Place to Publish Your Evaluation Findings, Judith A. Savageau and Len L. Levin

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Today’s Librarian and Building an Evaluation Team, Judith A. Savageau and Len L. Levin

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Improving Performance: Facts, Flowcharts, Fishbones, Five Whys, and the Failure, Pam Senesac, Anita Morris, Sai Cherala, Joan Johnston, and Ruth Aboagye

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Behind bars: the compelling case for academic health centers partnering with correctional facilities, Robert L. Trestman, Warren J. Ferguson, and Jeff Dickert

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An Evaluator’s Journey Toward Bayes: Part I, Joshua P. Twomey

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An Evaluator’s Journey Toward Bayes: Part II, Joshua P. Twomey

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Emergency preparedness of families of children with developmental disabilities: what public health and safety emergency planners need to know, Susan Wolf-Fordham, Carol Curtin, Melissa C. T. Maslin, Linda G. Bandini, and Charles D. Hamad

Publications from 2014

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Linda Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels on Using Qualitative Data Collection to Better Understand Measure Development and Reporting, Linda M. Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels

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Clarifying the role of the mental health peer specialist in Massachusetts, USA: insights from peer specialists, supervisors and clients, Linda M. Cabral, Heather Strother, Kathy Muhr, Laura A. Sefton, and Judith A. Savageau

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on Facilitation Not Dictation: How a QI Team Succeeds, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall