Sonja Likumahuwa, MID, MPH

Sonja Likumahuwa, MID, MPH, joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2011. She is the OHSU project manager for the IMPACCT Kids’ Care (PCORI) and the Oregon Alternative Payment Methodology Evaluation (RWJF) grants. Sonja works closely with OCHIN ( and its research team on multiple projects involving health policy, HIT, and facilitating patient engagement in research. She founded the OCHIN Patient Engagement Panel. Sonja received a Master of Public Health (behavioral and community health sciences) and a Master of International Development (nonprofits and civil society) in 2008 from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include health policy, community health, global health and health and human rights.

Recent Publications:

DeVoe JE, Angier H, Likumahuwa S, Hall J, Nelson C, Dickerson K, Keller S, Burdick T, Cohen DJ. (2014) Use of Qualitative Methods and User-Centered Design to Develop Customized Health Information Technology Tools within Federally-Qualified Health Centers to Keep Children Insured. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 2014 Apr-Jun;37(2):148-54.

Heintzman J, Likumahuwa S, Nelson C, Eiff MP, Gold R, Carroll JE, Muench J, Hill C, Mital M, DeVoe JE. (2014) “Not a Kidney or a Lung”: Challenges to Conducting Practice-based Research in Community Health Centers.  Family Medicine Family Medicine 46(2);February 2014.

Bailey S, O’Malley JP, Gold R, Heintzman J, Likumahuwa S, DeVoe JE. (2013) Diabetes Care Quality is Highly Correlated with Patient Panel Characteristics. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, November-December; 26(6):669-679.

Likumahuwa S, Song H, Singal R, Weir RC, Crane H, Muench J, Sim SC, DeVoe JE. (2013) Building Research Infrastructure in Community Health Centers: A Community Health Applied Research Network (CHARN) Report.  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine; September-October;26 (5).

Likumahuwa S, DeVoe JE.  Learning Collaborative in the Healthcare Safety Net to Create Actionable Data. Annals of Family Medicine, published July 5, 2012. Invited comment on: The Folsom Group. Communities of Solution: The Folsom Report Revisited. Ann Fam Med May/June 2012 10:250-260.

DeVoe JE, Likumahuwa S, Eiff MP, Nelson C, Carroll JE, Hill CN, Gold R, Kullberg P.  (2012) Commentary: Developing a New PBRN: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead.  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine September-October;25(5);560-564.

DeVoe JE, Gold R, Spofford M, Chauvie S, Muench J, Turner A, Likumahuwa S, Nelson C. (2011) Developing a Network of Community Health Centers With a Common Electronic Health Record: Description of the Safety Net West Practice-based Research Network (SNW-PBRN). Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 24 (5): 597-604.

Steel J, Geller DA, Tsung A, Marsh JW, Dew MA, Spring M, Grady J, Likumahuwa S, Dunlavy A, Youssef M, Antoni M, Butterfield LH, Schulz R, Day R, Helgeson V, Kim KH, Gamblin TC. Randomized controlled trial of a collaborative care intervention to manage cancer-related symptoms: lessons learned.  Clinical Trials. 2011;8(3):298-310.   

Moore AM, Gamblin TC, Geller DA, Youssef MN, Hoffman KE, Gemmell L, Likumahuwa SM, Bovberg DH, Marsland A, Steel JL. A prospective study of posttraumatic growth as assessed by self report and family caregiver in the context of advanced cancer. Psychooncology. 2011 May;20(5):479-87.

Shamalla-Hannah LB, Likumahuwa S, Ali R.  COMMENTARY: A Conservation Health Program in Indonesian Borneo: Lessons Learned. Environmental Practice 2008; 10(1):20-28.

Ali R, Jacobs S.  Saving the Rainforest through Health Care: Medicine as Conservation in Borneo. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2007; 13:295-311.