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Sarah J.
Shoemaker-Hunt, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

Principal Associate

Sarah J. Shoemaker-Hunt has more than 15 years of experience as a health services researcher and implementation scientist. As an experienced pharmacist, she brings a practice-informed lens to her role conducting mixed-methods studies and evaluations and providing technical assistance for several federal health agencies, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as non-governmental organizations. Sarah is the Abt client account lead for AHRQ.

Shoemaker-Hunt’s work has focused on studying opioid prescribing and management, opioid misuse and abuse, medication management and safety, care-delivery models, primary-care and practice transformation, quality improvement and health literacy.

Shoemaker-Hunt serves as Co-Principal Investigator on three projects to implement the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain with quality improvement (QI) efforts, coordinated care and clinical-decision support. She led development of 16 QI measures that the CDC included in the Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. She has published and presented extensively on her work, including developing evidence-based resources for health-care professionals and systems. Shoemaker-Hunt serves on the editorial advisory boards of several journals and has also been a guest editor for journal supplements on implementation science and primary-care practice improvement.


  • Opioid prescribing and management strategies
  • Opioid misuse, abuse and overdose
  • Medication management and safety
  • Primary-care and care-delivery models
  • Practice transformation and QI
  • Implementation science

Key Projects

  • Evaluating and Implementing the Six Building Blocks Team Approach to Improve Opioid Management in Primary Care, AHRQ (2018 – 2020)
  • Develop, Implement and Evaluate CDC Opioid Quality Improvement Measures in Clinical Settings and Support a Opioid QI Collaborative of Health Care Systems, CDC (2016 – 2020)
  • Making Health Care Safer III, AHRQ (2017 – 2019)
  • Technical Assistance to the AHRQ EvidenceNOW Initiative (2015 – 2018)
  • Develop and Evaluate a Technical Package on Coordinated Care for Chronic Opioid Therapy, CDC (2014 – 2017)
  • New Models of Primary Care Workforce, AHRQ (2014 – 2016)

Select Publications

Sarah Shoemaker-Hunt