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Emily Wroe, MD, MPH

Instructor in Medicine and Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Affiliate

Dr. Emily Wroe is an internist and global and public health specialist, currently serving as a Senior Advisor for Partners In Health’s (PIH) U.S. COVID response as well as the Associate Director of Policy & Implementation for the NCD Synergies Project. She previously served as the Director of Implementation & Design for PIH’s work with the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC), where she was responsible for data system design, protocols, and training for a Massachusetts statewide contact tracing program for COVID-19, training more than 4,000 contact tracers. Through this work she also led the Care Resource Coordinator team, a team of almost 200 who worked to connect community members to resources in the community to enable safe and effective isolation and quarantine. Before the pandemic, Dr. Wroe was the Chief Medical Officer for PIH in Malawi for four years, working closely with the Ministry of Health to strengthen health care delivery in the rural district of Neno. In this role, she led the team to redesign the HIV care delivery platform into an integrated approach to include NCDs, launched new community screening programs, and spearheaded a stepped-wedge study of a polyvalent community health worker program. Her work in Malawi expanded to support southern Africa as NCD Synergies’ Associate Director of Policy & Implementation, co-chairing Malawi’s National NCDs & Injuries of Poverty Commission. Dr. Wroe graduated from Harvard Medical School and Harvard school of Public Health and completed residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She currently is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Dr. Wroe’s academic interests center around implementation and evaluation of innovative health systems, specifically for chronic disease. Her work has evaluated a novel integrated HIV-NCD clinic in rural Malawi as well as several other operational research projects for chronic disease outcomes for HIV and NCD programs in Malawi. She also has research experience in Community Health Workers, serving as primary lead for a stepped wedge study of a CHW program in Malawi and other initiatives including development of a selection tool, launch of a digital health system, and novel approaches to community screening. Through her NCD Synergies position her work expanded to several countries to investigate the burden of NCDs and its relation to poverty. Currently she continues to work on NCD delivery systems in sub-Saharan Africa and is exploring avenues for incorporation of care resource coordination into public health systems in the U.S.

Burden of non-communicable diseases from infectious causes in 2017: a modelling study.
Authors: Authors: Coates MM, Kintu A, Gupta N, Wroe EB, Adler AJ, Kwan GF, Park PH, Rajbhandari R, Byrne AL, Casey DC, Bukhman G.
Lancet Glob Health
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Expanding access to non-communicable disease care in rural Malawi: outcomes from a retrospective cohort in an integrated NCD-HIV model.
Authors: Authors: Wroe EB, Kalanga N, Dunbar EL, Nazimera L, Price NF, Shah A, Dullie L, Mailosi B, Gonani G, Ndarama EPL, Talama GC, Bukhman G, Kerr L, Connolly E, Kachimanga C.
BMJ Open
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Availability of equipment and medications for non-communicable diseases and injuries at public first-referral level hospitals: a cross-sectional analysis of service provision assessments in eight low-income countries.
Authors: Authors: Gupta N, Coates MM, Bekele A, Dupuy R, Fénelon DL, Gage AD, Getachew T, Karmacharya BM, Kwan GF, Lulebo AM, Masiye JK, Mayige MT, Ndour Mbaye M, Mridha MK, Park PH, Dagnaw WW, Wroe EB, Bukhman G.
BMJ Open
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Improving uptake of cervical cancer screening services for women living with HIV and attending chronic care services in rural Malawi.
Authors: Authors: Talama GC, Shaw M, Maloya J, Chihana T, Nazimera L, Wroe EB, Kachimanga C.
BMJ Open Qual
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COVID-19 preparedness in Malawi: a national facility-based critical care assessment.
Authors: Authors: Sonenthal PD, Masiye J, Kasomekera N, Marsh RH, Wroe EB, Scott KW, Li R, Murray MB, Bukhman A, Connolly E, Minyaliwa T, Katete M, Banda G, Nyirenda M, Rouhani SA.
Lancet Glob Health
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Increasing utilisation of perinatal services: estimating the impact of community health worker program in Neno, Malawi.
Authors: Authors: Kachimanga C, Dunbar EL, Watson S, Cundale K, Makungwa H, Wroe EB, Malindi C, Nazimera L, Palazuelos D, Drake J, Gates T, van den Akker T, Shea J.
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth
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Revising ethical guidance for the evaluation of programmes and interventions not initiated by researchers.
Authors: Authors: Watson SI, Dixon-Woods M, Taylor CA, Wroe EB, Dunbar EL, Chilton PJ, Lilford RJ.
J Med Ethics
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Case study of a method of development of a selection process for community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Authors: Authors: Brown C, Lilford R, Griffiths F, Oppong-Darko P, Ndambo M, Okoh-Owusu M, Wroe E.
Hum Resour Health
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Screening for chronic kidney disease in rural Malawi: results from a diabetic clinic.
Authors: Authors: Kachimanga C, Kamwezi R, Wroe EB, Nazimera L, Ndarama E, Thengo L, Talama GC.
BMC Res Notes
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Systematic Review of Hypertension and Diabetes Burden, Risk Factors, and Interventions for Prevention and Control in Malawi: The NCD BRITE Consortium.
Authors: Authors: Amberbir A, Lin SH, Berman J, Muula A, Jacoby D, Wroe E, Maliwichi-Nyirenda C, Mwapasa V, Crampin A, Makwero M, Singogo E, Phiri S, Gordon S, Tobe SW, Masiye J, Newsome B, Hosseinipour M, Nyirenda MJ, van Oosterhout JJ.
Glob Heart
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