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Marcia R. Weaver

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Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Health Services
Research Associate Professor, Global Health (primary appt.)


PhD   University of Chicago, 1986   (Economics)
MA   University of Chicago, 1981   (Public Policy)
BA   Hampshire College, 1977   (Social Sciences)

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Marcia Weaver, PhD is an economist who leads the Cost-Effectiveness research team at UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Recently, she was Principal Investigator for the Integrated Infectious Disease Capacity Building Evaluation (IDCAP), which was awarded to Accordia Global Health Foundation by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. IDCAP was a cluster randomized trial implemented by the Infectious Diseases Institute in Uganda with the goal of evaluating the cost- effectiveness of two methods to build capacity among mid-level health practitioners for the treatment and prevention of HIV, malaria, pneumonia and tuberculosis. In the United States, Professor Weaver has published on cost-effectiveness of interventions for people with HIV and chronic mental illness and substance abuse as part of the ‘‘HIV/AIDS Treatment Adherence, Health Outcomes and Cost Study,” and on a joint campaign to promote influenza and pneumococcal vaccines.

Professor Weaver has published 63 articles in peer-reviewed journals. A Full list of publications is available here.

Cost analysis; HIV/AIDS programs

Meischke H, Painter I, Turner AM, Weaver MR, Fahrenbruch CE, Ike BR, Stangenes S. Protocol: simulation training to improve 9-1-1 dispatcher identification of cardiac arrest. BMC Emerg Med. 2016 Feb 1;16(1):9. doi: 10.1186/s12873-016-0073-6.  PMID: 26830676    PMCID: PMC4736553

Meischke H, Ike BR, Fahrenbruch C, Kuniyuki A, Hannon P, Parks MR, Forehand M, Weaver M, Harris JR. Hypertension identification via emergency responders: a randomized controlled intervention study. Prev Med. 2013 Dec;57(6):914-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.05.010. Epub 2013 Jun 1.  PMID: 23732250

O'Malley G, Marseille E, Weaver MR. Cost-effectiveness analyses of training: a manager's guide. Hum Resour Health. 2013 May 20;11(1):20. doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-11-20.  PMID: 23688059    PMCID: PMC3684521

Darney BG, Weaver MR, Vanderhei D, Stevens NG, Prager SW. "One of those areas that people avoid" a qualitative study of implementation in miscarriage management. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Apr 3;13(1):123. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-123.  PMID: 23552274    PMCID: PMC3637834

Weaver MR, Crozier I, Eleku S, Makanga G, Mpanga Sebuyira L, Nyakake J, Thompson M, Willis K. Capacity-building and clinical competence in infectious disease in Uganda: a mixed-design study with pre/post and cluster-randomized trial components. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e51319. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051319. Epub 2012 Dec 14.  PMID: 23272097    PMCID: PMC3522731

Chair, thesis committee for Fernanda Freistadt
Cost-effectiveness analysis of training nurses for task-shifting in Angola

Medtronic Foundation China Acute CVD Evaluation
Medtronic Global Health Foundation
PI:   Duber           Dates:    5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018

CoNIC: Prospective modeling of child health interventions’ ability to meet SDG targets
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
PI:   Smith           Dates:    4/1/2017 - 3/31/2019

Simulation training to improve 911 dispatcher identifacation of cardiac arrest
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
PI:   Meischke           Dates:    8/1/2014 - 7/31/2015

Medtronic Philanthropy China Acute CVD Evaluation
Medtronic Communities Foundation
PI:   Duber           Dates:    4/1/2014 - 4/30/2017

Simulation training to improve 911 dispatcher identification of cardiac arrest
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
PI:   Meischke           Dates:    8/1/2013 - 7/31/2014

International Training and Education Center on HIV/AIDS

I-TECH promotes activities that increase human capacity for providing HIV/AIDS clinical care and support in countries and regions hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. I-TECH was awarded a second, five-year contract (2006-2011) by the Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please go to

Joint Uganda Malaria Training Program (JUMP)

The Academic Alliance Foundation, in partnership with the Infectious Disease Institute, Makerere University-University of California, San Francisco (MU-UCSF) and the Uganda Malaria Surveillance Project (UMSP), is developing an exemplary malaria training program to support the Ministry of Health's (MOH)'s new national policy on malaria treatment. The University of Washington has a subcontract to evaluate the training program. The evaluation will focus on 2 types of outcomes related to the objectives above: 1) clinical skills in case management and preventive therapy, and 2) training skills and activities by the alumni. The program is funded by a three year grant from the Exxon Mobile Foundation (2005-2008).

Promoting HIV/AIDS Awareness and Technology Training among Swazi Youth

The University of Washington's Center for Workforce Development in partnership with the Strategic Education Centers (SEC), which is a Seattle-based NGO, has created a Life Skill Enrichment curriculum to empower adolescents primarily ages 14 - 17 in Africa and the U.S. Working with the 18th District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the AME Hillside School in Swaziland, they are planning to train 100 Swazi youths using the curriculum and evaluate its effect on students' HIV risk behavior. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from Oct 2005 to May 2007.