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Elizabeth Yano

Adjunct Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementPart Time
Contact Information

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Department of Health Policy and Management / 31-269 CHS

Areas of Interest: 
  • Health services research, implementation science, program evaluation
  • Primary care delivery models, including patient-centered medical home
  • Women’s health and disparities research 

Elizabeth (Becky) Yano, PhD, MSPH is Adjunct Professor of Health Policy & Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Director of the VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Trained in health care epidemiology, biostatistics and health policy at UCLA and RAND, Dr. Yano has over 30 years’ experience in health services research and program evaluation. She has received the VA HSR&D Senior Research Career Scientist Award for her research leadership, impacts, mentorship and service and received the 2012 Under Secretary for Health Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Health Services Research. Dr. Yano is an internationally recognized expert on organizational factors influencing system performance and implementation of evidence-based practice. She has been a national leader in developing the infrastructure, research-clinical partnerships, and research consortium needed to rapidly increase the scientific evidence needed to improve care for women Veterans in the VA healthcare system through a national VA Women’s Health Research Network.  The Network provides education/training, mentorship, and technical support to increase researcher, clinician and policymaker knowledge and conduct of women Veterans’ research, and includes 60 VA medical centers as members of the Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network, enabling greater inclusion of women in VA research. Dr. Yano also directs the Women Veterans’ Healthcare CREATE Initiative, a 5-project program designed to use research to accelerate implementation of comprehensive care for women Veterans in VA settings.  Within the CREATE, she leads a 12-site cluster randomized trial of an evidence-based quality improvement approach to tailoring medical homes to the needs of women Veterans, and a study of the impacts of variations in comprehensive care delivery on women’s quality of care and patient experience.   At UCLA, she teaches Evaluation of Health Services in the Executive MPH Program, where she has been twice awarded Professor of the Year.  She co-directs the VA Women’s Health Fellowship Program, and mentors a wide array of VA and UCLA postdoctoral fellows and junior investigators.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Yano EM.  A partnered research initiative to accelerate implementation of comprehensive care for women Veterans:  The VA Women’s Health CREATE.  Med Care. 2015 Apr;53(4 Suppl 1):S10-14.
  2. Yano EM, Bair MJ, Carrasquillo O, Krein SL, Rubenstein LV.  Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT):  VA’s journey to implement patient-centered medical homes.  J Gen Intern Med.  2014 Jul;29(Suppl 2):S547-S549. 
  3. Yano EM, Haskell S, Hayes P.  Delivery of gender-sensitive comprehensive primary care for women veterans:  Implications for VA Patient Aligned Care Teams.  J Gen Intern Med.  2014 Jul;29(Suppl 2):S703-S707.
  4. Yano EM, Green LW, Glanz K, Ayanian J, Mittman BS, Chollette V, Rubenstein LV.  Implementation and spread of multi-level interventions in practice:  Implications for the cancer care continuum.   J National Cancer Institute. 2012;44:86-99.
  5. Yano EM, Bastian L, Bean-Mayberry B, Eisen S, Frayne SM, Hayes P, Lipson L, Mattocks K, McGlynn G, Sadler AN, Schnurr P, Washington DL.  Using research to transform care for women veterans:  Advancing the research agenda and enhancing research-clinical partnerships.  Women’s Health Issues.  2011;21(4 Suppl):S73-S83.
  6. Yano EM, Rubenstein LV, Farmer MF, Chernof BA, Mittman BS, Lanto AB, Simon BF, Lee ML, Sherman SE.  Targeting primary care referrals to smoking cessation clinics does not improve quit rates:  Implementing evidence-based interventions into practice.  Health Services Research, 2008;43(5), Part 1:1637-1661.
  7. Yano EM.  Influence of health care organizational factors on implementation research:  QUERI Series.  Implementation Science, 2008; 3:29.
  8. Yano EM, Simon BF, Lanto AB, Rubenstein LV.  The evolution of changes in primary care delivery underlying the Veterans Health Administration’s quality transformation.  Am J Public Health, 2007;97(12):2151-2159.
  9. Yano EM, Soban LM, Parkerton PH, Etzioni DA.  Primary care practice organization influences colorectal cancer screening performance.  Health Services Research, 2007; 48(3):1130-1149.
  10. Yano EM, Goldzweig C, Canelo I, Washington DL.  Diffusion of innovation in women’s health care delivery:  The Department of Veterans Affairs’ adoption of women’s health clinics.  Women’s Health Issues, 2006; 16(5):226-235.