• Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health
  • Assistant Professor, Family and Child Nursing
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Health Alliance International
1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 350
Box 354809
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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Dr. Gimbel, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She is the co-Director of the UW Center for Global Health Nursing and a senior technical advisor at Health Alliance International where she specializes in implementation research focusing on intervention development and testing for strengthening health systems (quality improvement, process flow mapping, cascade analysis, improving quality and use of routine data), and the evaluation of implementation processes to identify drivers of success (Consolidate Framework for Implementation Research). She is PI of a NIH-funded study adapting an excel-based cascade analysis tool to a smart phone based application and testing its feasibility and acceptability as part of a larger systems analysis and improvement approach in Kenya and Mozambique. She is also co-I on a number of studies applying the evidence-based systems analysis and improvement approach (SAIA) in novel settings in LMIC (SAIA-PEDS, SAIA-SCALE, etc). She is also part of a D43 grant to support implementation science training of health professionals in Peru.).

  • PhD (University of Washington)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • BSN (University of Washington)
  • MA (School of International Training (Vt))
  • BA (Kenyon College)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Community-based Primary Health Care
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Homelessness
  • HPV
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • MHealth
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Nursing
  • Social Determinants of Health

Pfeiffer, J., Gimbel, S., Chilundo, B., Gloyd, S., Chapman, R., Sherr, K. Austerity and the “sector-wide approach” to health: The Mozambique experience. Social Science and Medicine. (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.008.

Gimbel, S., Kohler, P., Mitchell, P., Emami, A. Creating academic structures to promote nursing’s role in global health policy. International Nursing Review. 2017 Mar; 64(1): 117-125.

Rustagi A, Gimbel S, Nduati R, Farquar C, Wasserheit J, Sherr K. Impact of a systems engineering intervention on PMTCT service delivery in Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique: a cluster randomized trial. JAIDS. International Journal of STD/AIDS. September 2016;72:e68-76.DOI: 10.1177/0956462416668766

Gimbel S, Rustagi A, Robinson J, Kouyate S, Countinho J, Nduati R, Pfeifer J, Gloyd S, Sherr K. Evaluation of a systems analysis and improvement approach to optimize pMTCT using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. 2016 Aug 1;72 Suppl 2:S108-16.

Gimbel S, Voss J, Mercer MA, Zierler B, Gloyd S, Coutinho M, Floriano F, Cuembelo M, Einberg J, Sherr K. The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV cascade analysis tool (PCAT): Supporting health managers to improve facility-level service delivery. BMC Research Notes. 2014 Oct 21;7(1):743.