Sonja Likumahuwa-Ackman, MID, MPH

  • Research Program Manager, Family Medicine, School of Medicine


Sonja Likumahuwa-Ackman, MID, MPH, joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2011. She is the Research Program Manager for Dr. Jennifer DeVoe's OHSU research portfolio. She manages the DeVoe team staff and coordinates Dr. DeVoe's current and future grant projects. Sonja also is a lead for research strategic partnerships in the department and manages the Family Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program.

Sonja works closely with OCHIN ( and its research team on partnerships with the Department of Family Medicine grant portfolio, involving health policy, HIT, and social determinants of health. 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. She is a reviewer for Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, and Annals of Family Medicine.


Selected publications

  • Hall JD, Harding RL, DeVoe JE, Gold R, Angier H, Sumic A, Nelson CA, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Cohen DJ. Designing Health Information Technology Tools to Prevent Gaps in Public Health Insurance. J Innov Health Inform. 2017 Jun 23;24(2):900.
  • Hughes LS, Likumahuwa-Ackman S. Acting on Social Determinants of Health: A Primer for Family Physicians. Am Fam Physician. 2017 Jun 1;95(11):695-696.
  • Huguet N, Angier H, Marino M, McConnell KJ, Hoopes MJ, O'Malley JP, Raynor LA, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Holderness H, DeVoe JE. Protocol for the analysis of a natural experiment on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on diabetes care in community health centers. Implement Sci. 2017 Feb 10;12(1):14.
  • Angier H, O'Malley JP, Marino M, McConnell KJ, Cottrell E, Jacob RL, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Heintzman J, Huguet N, Bailey SR, DeVoe JE. Evaluating community health centers' adoption of a new global capitation payment (eCHANGE) study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Jan;52:35-38.
  • DeVoe JE, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Shannon J, Steiner Hayward E. Creating 21st-Century Laboratories and Classrooms for Improving Population Health: A Call to Action for Academic Medical Centers. Acad Med. 2017 Apr;92(4):475-482.
  • DeVoe JE, Bazemore AW, Cottrell EK, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Grandmont J, Spach N, Gold R. Perspectives in Primary Care: A Conceptual Framework and Path for Integrating Social Determinants of Health Into Primary Care Practice. Ann Fam Med. 2016 Mar;14(2):104-8.
  • Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Angier H, Sumic A, Harding RL, Cottrell EK, Cohen DJ, Nelson CA, Burdick TE, Wallace LS, Gallia C, DeVoe JE. IMPACCT Kids' Care: a real-world example of stakeholder involvement in comparative effectiveness research. J Comp Eff Res. 2015 Aug;4(4):351-7.
  • Arkind J, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Warren N, Dickerson K, Robbins L, Norman K, DeVoe JE. Lessons Learned from Developing a Patient Engagement Panel: An OCHIN Report. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Sep-Oct;28(5):632-8.
  • DeVoe JE, Huguet N, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Angier H, Nelson C, Marino M, Cohen D, Sumic A, Hoopes M, Harding RL, Dearing M, Gold R. Testing health information technology tools to facilitate health insurance support: a protocol for an effectiveness-implementation hybrid randomized trial. Implement Sci. 2015 Aug 25;10:123.
  • Gold R, Burdick T, Angier H, Wallace L, Nelson C, Likumahuwa-Ackman S, Sumic A, DeVoe JE. Improve Synergy Between Health Information Exchange and Electronic Health Records to Increase Rates of Continuously Insured Patients. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2015 Aug 6;3(1):1158.


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