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Sarah Gimbel is a Professor in the Department of Child, Family and Population Health Nursing, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health and co-directs the Center for Global Health Nursing at the University of Washington. Dr. Gimbel is an established implementation researcher with extensive experience leading studies in sub-Saharan Africa in maternal child health, primary health care, and HIV prevention, care and treatment systems. Her research expertise includes development and testing of interventions to strengthen health systems to improve the reach and quality of preventive and clinical health services as well as the application of implementation frameworks and tools to identify drivers of implementation success and failure.

Dr. Gimbel’s science emanates from decades of work experience scaling HIV services through public health systems in sub-Saharan Africa and globally. These experiences informed her dissertation, where she designed and piloted the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach™ (SAIA) to improve the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission cascade. The SAIA has been adapted to nine clinical areas in four countries (including highly marginalized populations in the western United States). She is an Associate Editor at Implementation Science.

Dr. Gimbel earned her BSN, MPH, and PhD from the University of Washington.


Sarah Gimbel



University of Washington


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