Congratulations to Ian Saldanha - Promotion to Associate Professor!

Congratulations to Ian Saldanha, recent promotion to Associate Professor here at Brown University's School of Public Health.

New Member in the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology

Congratulations to Kristin Konnyu, Assistant Professor, for being an invited member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM).  SRSM is an organization that provides a forum for exchanges among those interested in advancing and applying research synthesis methodology. The link to the Society’s website is

New Publication by Alyssa Bilinski

A new publication at JAMA Network Open by Alyssa Bilinski and collaborators.  This publication is entitled, "Model-Estimated Association Between Simulated US Elementary School–Related SARS-CoV-2 Transmission, Mitigation Interventions, and Vaccine Coverage Across Local Incidence Levels." 

Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Management of Acute Left-Sided Colonic Diverticulitis

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Watch the video summary at the Annals of Internal Medicine

Evaluation and Management After Acute Left-Sided Colonic Diverticulitis

A new publication by Ethan Balk and collaborators.  To evaluate postdiverticulitis colonoscopy and interventions to prevent recurrent diverticulitis.  Published in Annals of Internal Medicine, January 18, 2022, entitled, "Evaluation and Management After Acute Left-Sided Colonic Diverticulitis."  Read more.


Handbook of Meta-Analysis by Schmid, Stijnen, White --CRC, Press xvi

This book is for a broad audience of graduate students, researchers, and practitioners interested in the theory and application of statistical methods for meta-analysis. It is written at the level of graduate courses in statistics, but will be of interest to and readable for quantitative scientists from a range of disciplines. The book can be used as a graduate level textbook, as a general reference for methods, or as an introduction to specialized topics using state-of-the art methods.

Anya Rader Wallack appointed Senior VP for UVM Healthcare Network

Anya Rader Wallack, CESH Associate Director and Professor of the Practice has been appointed Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications at the University of Vermont Health Network. The CESH team will miss Anya's leadership and team building within the center. She has been a catalyst for change within Brown's health research and policy community and overall health care systems in Rhode Island.  Wallack has dedicated her professional career to healthcare reform through research, policy, communications, and advocacy.

Understanding and promoting COVID-19 vaccine uptake among marginalized communities in RI

The objectives of this report are to summarize evidence on the barriers and enablers to COVID-19 vaccination among historically marginalized groups and list potential strategies to promote uptake and enhance accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines among these groups.

Prepared by:

Gregorio Benitez, AB, MPH ‘21 Candidate

Kristin J, Konnyu, PhD

Brown University

School of Public Health

Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health

Prepared for:

Rhode Island Department of Health Mass Vaccination Taskforce


What are the barriers and facilitators to individuals’ willingness to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Summary: This summary was undertaken as a rapid evidence review for the Rhode Island Department of Health’s (RIDOH’s) Mass Vaccination Taskforce and is intended for use by RIDOH stakeholders and their partners to support decision-making for communication and health messaging campaigns about the COVID-19 vaccine and the RI vaccination program. We plan to update the review in Feb 2021 with new evidence, and bimonthly thereafter.

CESH Snacks and Synthesis Lecture Series

The Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge about what works in health care.

Come join us for a series of lectures about the findings from our latest round of systematic reviews. Each event will also feature an overview of our methods and some tools for conducting your own evidence synthesis. We’ll also provide breakfast or lunch.