About Us

NORC at the University of Chicago serves as the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider (ETAP) for the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Implementation of Evidence-Informed Behavioral Health Models to Improve HIV Health Outcomes for Black Men who have Sex with Men Initiative. The ETAP consists of the following members from NORC and subject matter experts from the University of Chicago:


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Prashila Dullabh, MD

Principal Investigator

NORC at the University of Chicago

Prashila Dullabh, MD, NORC Senior Fellow has conducted numerous evaluations of a wide range of projects and brings a clinical perspective to her projects. She recently completed the five-year mixed methods evaluation of the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program for the ONC. This evaluation included extensive qualitative data collection including case studies, site visits, focus groups, and stakeholder discussions. The evaluation also included a national survey of clinical laboratories and extensive analysis of secondary data sets to assess HIE progress at the state level. Dullabh also directed a technical assistance center for HRSA’s OHIT, where she worked closely with different HRSA Bureaus to support health IT adoption and use in the safety-net. Dullabh has also led the development of an HIV/AIDS Health IT implementation toolkit for HAB.


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Sarah Hodge, MPH

Project Director

NORC at the University of Chicago

Sarah Hodge, MPH, NORC Principal Research Analyst, has experience conducting and managing a variety of evaluation activities. Her work has included research with vulnerable populations including victims and survivors of human trafficking and young men who have sex with men. She has conducted qualitative research and analysis on a range of public health topics including HIV risk and avoidance behaviors, mental and behavioral health needs for farm and ranch families in rural communities, opioid prevention, and hospital community benefit practices. In addition to this work, she currently manages quarterly reporting activities for the Office on Women’s Health Prevention Awards grantees and a longitudinal survey assessing the ability of screening tools to predict falls in community-dwelling older adults.


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Shauna St. Clair Flemming

PhD, MPH, MDiv Evaluation Lead

NORC at the University of Chicago

Shauna St. Clair Flemming, PhD, MPH, MDiv, NORC Research Scientist, is a dynamic health scientist with 15 years of public health research experience, including demonstrated expertise in applying advanced quantitative and qualitative methods to develop, implement, and evaluate health care interventions. She is adept at integrating knowledge and theories from public health, public policy, and social ethics to formulate effective, evidence-informed strategies to answer complex research and evaluation questions. As the Evaluation Lead for the BMSM Initiative, she supports the demonstration sites by providing TA on their interventions’ process and outcome evaluations; she also designs culturally-tailored quantitative instruments, develops and refines data collection procedures, and analyzes complex mixed-methods evaluation data. Flemming received her PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University School of Public Health. She also holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a MDiv from Vanderbilt University, and a BS from Spelman College.


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David Rein, PhD

Cost Lead

NORC at the University of Chicago

David Rein, PhD, NORC Program Area Director, specializes in health economics and outcomes research with a particular focus on burden of disease studies and cost-effectiveness methodology and simulations. He is currently the PI of a four-year CDC project to evaluate the cost effectiveness of Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) older adult fall prevention in Primary Care settings. His past work includes directing the BEST-C Project for CDC's Division of Viral hepatitis, an experimentally randomized study of the impact of birth cohort testing for hepatitis C. It estimated the effectiveness and cost of a hepatitis C virus screening strategy that targets all individuals in the birth cohort born between 1945 and 1965 as compared with the current risk-based HCV screening approach. He has published 22 cost-effectiveness papers on topics ranging from hypertension, to visual impairment, to viral hepatitis.


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John Schneider, MD, MPH

Subject Matter Expert

University of Chicago

Schneider is an infectious disease specialist and network epidemiologist in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health Scientists at the University of Chicago, Director of the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination, and Medical Director of Howard Brown Health. He currently leads service teams in two Ryan White Care supported sites, at an FQHC where he cares for over 300 BMSM, and in an academic medical center where he provides specialized BMSM anal care services. His research program has been singularly focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally-appropriate HIV prevention and treatment interventions specifically for BMSM. He also leads the Black LGBT toolkit components as part of a larger team developing and disseminating roadmaps/toolkits through a national disparity initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson’s “Finding Answers” Program, and a recently funded AHRQ program on shared decision-making among LGBT minority populations.


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Russell Brewer, DrPH, MPH

Subject Matter Expert

University of Chicago

Brewer has more than 19 years of experience in program development, evaluation, and public health research in a variety of public health settings (e.g., non-profit, governmental public health, and philanthropy) and levels (e.g., local, state, and national). Before joining the University of Chicago, he served as the Director of the HIV/STI Program at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) in New Orleans, leading several prevention, care, and treatment initiatives for persons living with and at risk for HIV (funded by AIDS United and the HHS OMH). He also piloted various models to reduce the socio-structural barriers (e.g., HIV stigma) to services among this population.