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Shayna Cunningham, MHS, PhD

Assistant Professor Adjunct

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Shayna Cunningham, MHS, PhD

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Research Summary

Dr. Cunningham's research focuses on the fundamental determinants of health disparities and the development, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable intervention strategies that address them. She is an expert in the field of sexual and reproductive health and has extensive experience in the use of mixed methods research design, program and policy development and evaluation, working in multi-disciplinary teams, and collaborating with individuals from government, the private-sector, community-based organizations, and academic institutions.

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Cunningham is currently the Principal Investigator for an evaluation, funded by Merck for Mothers, on the use of community health workers to improve outcomes among pregnant women with chronic disease in three United States cities and a co-investigator for Yale's Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium. Recent past projects include a United Health Foundation-sponsored initiative to develop and implement an innovative group prenatal care model and assess its impact on perinatal outcomes and healthcare costs and a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded study aimed at describing patterns and identifying multi-level factors that impact variation in utilization and costs of maternity services.


Public Health Interests

Aging; Chronic Diseases; Community Health; Mental Health; Reproduction; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice

Selected Publications