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Emily Wroe, M.D.


Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAMD06/2010
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MAMPH06/2015
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NHBA06/2003Environmental Studies

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.

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.

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  1. Palazuelos D, Jabateh LM, Choi M, Jimenez A, Hing M, Iberico MM, Nhlema B, Wroe E. Early Lessons From Launching an Innovative Community Health Household Model Across 3 Country Contexts. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2021 Mar 15; 9(Suppl 1):S168-S178. PMID: 33727328.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  2. 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. Expanding access to non-communicable disease care in rural Malawi: outcomes from a retrospective cohort in an integrated NCD-HIV model. BMJ Open. 2020 10 21; 10(10):e036836. PMID: 33087368.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Coates MM, Kintu A, Gupta N, Wroe EB, Adler AJ, Kwan GF, Park PH, Rajbhandari R, Byrne AL, Casey DC, Bukhman G. Burden of non-communicable diseases from infectious causes in 2017: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 12; 8(12):e1489-e1498. PMID: 33098769.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. 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. 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. BMJ Open. 2020 10 10; 10(10):e038842. PMID: 33040014.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Talama GC, Shaw M, Maloya J, Chihana T, Nazimera L, Wroe EB, Kachimanga C. Improving uptake of cervical cancer screening services for women living with HIV and attending chronic care services in rural Malawi. BMJ Open Qual. 2020 09; 9(3). PMID: 32928783.
    Citations:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  6. 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. COVID-19 preparedness in Malawi: a national facility-based critical care assessment. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 07; 8(7):e890-e892. PMID: 32464111.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  7. 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. Increasing utilisation of perinatal services: estimating the impact of community health worker program in Neno, Malawi. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Jan 06; 20(1):22. PMID: 31906939.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Petersen EM, Wroe EB, Nyangulu K, Kanyenda C, Njolomole S, Dunbar EL, Kachimanga CZ. Integrated home-based screening for people living with disabilities: A case study from rural Malawi. Afr J Disabil. 2019; 8:582. PMID: 31824832.
  9. Brown C, Lilford R, Griffiths F, Oppong-Darko P, Ndambo M, Okoh-Owusu M, Wroe E. Case study of a method of development of a selection process for community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa. Hum Resour Health. 2019 10 25; 17(1):75. PMID: 31653269.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Watson SI, Dixon-Woods M, Taylor CA, Wroe EB, Dunbar EL, Chilton PJ, Lilford RJ. Revising ethical guidance for the evaluation of programmes and interventions not initiated by researchers. J Med Ethics. 2020 01; 46(1):26-30. PMID: 31481472.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  11. Kachimanga C, Kamwezi R, Wroe EB, Nazimera L, Ndarama E, Thengo L, Talama GC. Screening for chronic kidney disease in rural Malawi: results from a diabetic clinic. BMC Res Notes. 2019 Jul 01; 12(1):375. PMID: 31262351.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  12. van Oosterhout JJ, Hosseinipour M, Muula AS, Amberbir A, Wroe E, Berman J, Maliwichi-Nyirenda C, Mwapasa V, Crampin A, Makwero M, Singogo E, Gopal S, Baker U, Phiri S, Gordon SB, Tobe S, Chiwanda J, Masiye J, Parks J, Mitambo C, Gondwe A, Dullie L, Newsome B, Nyirenda M. The Malawi NCD BRITE Consortium: Building Research Capacity, Implementation, and Translation Expertise for Noncommunicable Diseases. Glob Heart. 2019 06; 14(2):149-154. PMID: 31324369.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. 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. Systematic Review of Hypertension and Diabetes Burden, Risk Factors, and Interventions for Prevention and Control in Malawi: The NCD BRITE Consortium. Glob Heart. 2019 06; 14(2):109-118. PMID: 31324364.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Taylor C, Nhlema B, Wroe E, Aron M, Makungwa H, Dunbar EL. Determining whether Community Health Workers are 'Deployment Ready' Using Standard Setting. Ann Glob Health. 2018 11 05; 84(4):630-639. PMID: 30779511.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Taylor CA, Lilford RJ, Wroe E, Griffiths F, Ngechu R. The predictive validity of the Living Goods selection tools for community health workers in Kenya: cohort study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Oct 20; 18(1):803. PMID: 30342523.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Kachimanga C, Phiri A, Manase F, Cundale K, Talama G, Kamiza S, Nazimera L, Jumbe A, Kalanga N, Fosiko N, Masamba L, Wroe EB. Evaluating the use of pathology in improving diagnosis in rural Malawi. Malawi Med J. 2018 09; 30(3):162-166. PMID: 30627350.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Dunbar EL, Wroe EB, Nhlema B, Kachimanga C, Gupta R, Taylor C, Michaelis A, Cundale K, Dullie L, Jumbe A, Nazimera L, McBain R, Lilford RJ, Watson SI. Evaluating the impact of a community health worker programme on non-communicable disease, malnutrition, tuberculosis, family planning and antenatal care in Neno, Malawi: protocol for a stepped-wedge, cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2018 07 13; 8(7):e019473. PMID: 30007924.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  18. Wroe EB, Dunbar EL, Kalanga N, Dullie L, Kachimanga C, Mganga A, Herce M, Beste J, Rigodon J, Nazimera L, McBain RK. Delivering comprehensive HIV services across the HIV care continuum: a comparative analysis of survival and progress towards 90-90-90 in rural Malawi. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(1):e000552. PMID: 29564158.
    Citations: 8     
  19. McBain RK, Petersen E, Tophof N, Dunbar EL, Kalanga N, Nazimera L, Mganga A, Dullie L, Mukherjee J, Wroe EB. Impact and economic evaluation of a novel HIV service delivery model in rural Malawi. AIDS. 2017 09 10; 31(14):1999-2006. PMID: 28692543.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Wroe EB, McBain RK, Michaelis A, Dunbar EL, Hirschhorn LR, Cancedda C. A Novel Scenario-Based Interview Tool to Evaluate Nontechnical Skills and Competencies in Global Health Delivery. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Aug; 9(4):467-472. PMID: 28824760.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Kachimanga C, Cundale K, Wroe E, Nazimera L, Jumbe A, Dunbar E, Kalanga N. Novel approaches to screening for noncommunicable diseases: Lessons from Neno, Malawi. Malawi Med J. 2017 06; 29(2):78-83. PMID: 28955411.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  22. Cundale K, Wroe E, Matanje-Mwagomba BL, Muula AS, Gupta N, Berman J, Kasomekera N, Masiye J. Reframing noncommunicable diseases and injuries for the poorest Malawians: the Malawi National NCDI Poverty Commission. Malawi Med J. 2017 06; 29(2):194-197. PMID: 28955432.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Mitambo C, Khan S, Matanje-Mwagomba BL, Kachimanga C, Wroe E, Segula D, Amberbir A, Garone D, Malik PR, Gondwe A, Berman J. Improving the screening and treatment of hypertension in people living with HIV: An evidence-based policy brief by Malawi's Knowledge Translation Platform. Malawi Med J. 2017 06; 29(2):224-228. PMID: 28955437.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Mahmood SS, Wroe E, Fuller A, Leaning J. The Rohingya people of Myanmar: health, human rights, and identity. Lancet. 2017 05 06; 389(10081):1841-1850. PMID: 27916235.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Watson SI, Wroe EB, Dunbar EL, Mukherjee J, Squire SB, Nazimera L, Dullie L, Lilford RJ. Erratum to: The impact of user fees on health services utilization and infectious disease diagnoses in Neno District, Malawi: a longitudinal, quasi-experimental study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 11 04; 16(1):629. PMID: 27814713.
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  26. Watson SI, Wroe EB, Dunbar EL, Mukherjee J, Squire SB, Nazimera L, Dullie L, Lilford RJ. The impact of user fees on health services utilization and infectious disease diagnoses in Neno District, Malawi: a longitudinal, quasi-experimental study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 10 20; 16(1):595. PMID: 27765043.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Berman J, Mitambo C, Matanje-Mwagomba B, Khan S, Kachimanga C, Wroe E, Mwape L, van Oosterhout JJ, Chindebvu G, van Schoor V, Puchalski Ritchie LM, Panisset U, Kathyola D. Building a knowledge translation platform in Malawi to support evidence-informed health policy. Health Res Policy Syst. 2015 Dec 08; 13:73. PMID: 26646212.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Wroe EB, Kalanga N, Mailosi B, Mwalwanda S, Kachimanga C, Nyangulu K, Dunbar E, Kerr L, Nazimera L, Dullie L. Leveraging HIV platforms to work toward comprehensive primary care in rural Malawi: the Integrated Chronic Care Clinic. Healthc (Amst). 2015 Dec; 3(4):270-6. PMID: 26699356.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Herce ME, Kalanga N, Wroe EB, Keck JW, Chingoli F, Tengatenga L, Gopal S, Phiri A, Mailosi B, Bazile J, Beste JA, Elmore SN, Crocker JT, Rigodon J. Excellent clinical outcomes and retention in care for adults with HIV-associated Kaposi sarcoma treated with systemic chemotherapy and integrated antiretroviral therapy in rural Malawi. J Int AIDS Soc. 2015; 18:19929. PMID: 26028156.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Herce ME, Elmore SN, Kalanga N, Keck JW, Wroe EB, Phiri A, Mayfield A, Chingoli F, Beste JA, Tengatenga L, Bazile J, Krakauer EL, Rigodon J. Assessing and responding to palliative care needs in rural sub-Saharan Africa: results from a model intervention and situation analysis in Malawi. PLoS One. 2014; 9(10):e110457. PMID: 25313997.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Wroe EB, Hedt-Gauthier BL, Franke MF, Nsanzimana S, Turinimana JB, Drobac P. Depression and patterns of self-reported adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Rwanda. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Mar; 26(4):257-61. PMID: 24828554.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Kupka R, Manji KP, Wroe E, Aboud S, Bosch RJ, Fawzi WW, Kurpad AV, Duggan C. Comparison of isotope dilution with bioelectrical impedance analysis among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected pregnant women in Tanzania. Int J Body Compos Res. 2011 Mar 01; 9(1):1-10. PMID: 24244104.
    Citations: 2     
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