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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Counting and Computing with Microsoft Excel, Laura A. Sefton

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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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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

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

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on The Best Laid Plans: Navigating the Potholes and Pitfalls of Group Facilitation, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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The impact of prior authorization on buprenorphine dose, relapse rates, and cost for Massachusetts Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid dependence, Robin E. Clark, Jeffrey D. Baxter, Bruce A. Barton, Gideon Aweh, Elizabeth O'Connell, and William H. Fisher

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Implementation of an opioid management initiative by a state Medicaid program, Maria M. Garcia, Michael C. Angelini, Tara Thomas, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei on You had me at Hello: Effective Email Subject Lines for Survey Invitations, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Mapping Your Route To Patient-centered Medical Home Recognition, Joan D. Johnston, Jaime Vallejos, and Jeanne Cohen

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In a neighborhood near you: how community health workers help people obtain health insurance and primary care, Debi Lang, Linda J. Cragin, Deborah Raymond, and Sue Kane

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Debi Lang and Sharon Grundel on Youth Program Ingredients: How to Measure Success and Tell the Story, Debi Lang and Sharon Grundel

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Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra on Person-Centered Evaluation: Aging and Disability Services, Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra

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Pei-Pei Lei on Using InfoPath as a Project Management/Data Collection Tool, Pei-Pei Lei

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Intimate partner violence in the relationships of men with disabilities in the United States: relative prevalence and health correlates, Monika Mitra and Vera E. Mouradian

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Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith on Conducting a Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities, Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith

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Judy Savageau and Kathy Muhr on Working with Different Data Sources, Judith A. Savageau and Kathy Muhr

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Literature Search Strategy Week: Judy Savageau and Laura Sefton on Library Resources and the Important Role They Play in Evaluation Work, Judith A. Savageau and Laura A. Sefton

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Clinical Topic Review 2013 - Behavioral Health Screening Among MassHealth Children and Adolescents, Judith A. Savageau, Georgianna Willis, Kathy Muhr, David M. Keller, Gideon Aweh, and Elizabeth O'Connell

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State fiscal considerations and research opportunities emerging from the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, Jean C. Sullivan and Rachel Gershon

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Simple and Effective: Using Boxplots to Display Individualized Results, Joshua P. Twomey

Publications from 2013

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Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children, Linda G. Bandini, James Gleason, Carol Curtin, Keith Lividini, Sarah E. Anderson, Sharon A. Cermak, Melissa Maslin, and Aviva Must

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Perspectives of People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support, Linda M. Cabral, Kathy Muhr, and Judith A. Savageau

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Linda Cabral and Judy Savageau on Improve Your Surveys by Conducting Cognitive Interviews, Linda M. Cabral and Judith A. Savageau

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on So Many to Choose from: How to Select Organizations for a Site Visit, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Using Voice Recognition Software for Transcription, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Utilizing Survey Data in a Traditional In-Person Interview, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Participant Observation as a Data Collection Method, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton