Lawrence Were, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Health Sciences

PhD, Brown University
MS, Clark University
BA, United States International University - Africa (USIU) 

Lawrence Were is faculty in the Department of Health Sciences at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. His research focuses on application of health economics in the estimation of the impact of reforms within healthcare systems and health insurance programs on the outcomes of marginalized and high risk populations such as informal traders and HIV+ individuals including pregnant women and their children. He is also interested in Global Health and HIV/AIDS financing mechanisms and Geo-Spatial aspects of public health. He has research projects in Kenya, Ghana, and Nepal. Were teaches courses in Comparative Healthcare Systems; Global Health; Social Determinants of Health; and Research Methods. He received his PhD in Health Services Research (HSR) – Health Economics track from the Department of Health Services Policy & Practice (HSPP) at Brown University’s School of Public Health.

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

Providence/Boston CFAR Developmental Award: Insurance Status and Health Outcomes among HIV and HIV TB Co-infected Persons in Kenya
06/18/2018 - 06/16/2020 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID


Health Insurance, Hospitalizations, and Decision Making Among HIV/TB Co-infected

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  1. Starnes JR, Rogers A, Wamae J, Okoth V, Mudhune SA, Omondi A, Were V, Baraza Awino D, Lefebvre CH, Yap S, Otieno Odhong T, Vill B, Were L, Wamai R. Childhood mortality and associated factors in Migori County, Kenya: evidence from a cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open. 2023 Aug 22; 13(8):e074056. PMID: 37607788; PMCID: PMC10445361; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-074056;
  2. Li AN, Starnes JR, Omondi A, Were V, Vill B, Were LPO, Oyugi S, Edelquinn M, Mudhune S, Mbeya J, Rogers A, Wamai R, Moon TD. Prevalence and determinants of contraception utilization over time in Migori County, Kenya: Repeated cross-sectional household surveys. Afr J Reprod Health. 2023 Jun; 27(6):17-26. PMID: 37715670
  3. Oblath R, Herrera CN, Were LPO, Syeda HS, Duncan A, Ferguson T, Kalesan B, Perez DC, Taglieri J, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Long-Term Trends in Psychiatric Emergency Services Delivered by the Boston Emergency Services Team. Community Ment Health J. 2023 Feb; 59(2):370-380.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36001197; PMCID: PMC9399566; DOI: 10.1007/s10597-022-01015-8;
  4. Cesare N, Were LPO. A multi-step approach to managing missing data in time and patient variant electronic health records. BMC Res Notes. 2022 Feb 17; 15(1):64.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35177096; PMCID: PMC8851714; DOI: 10.1186/s13104-022-05911-w;
  5. Starnes JR, Wamae J, Okoth V, Ressler DJ, Were V, Were LPO, Moon TD, Wamai R. Population-based socio-demographic household assessment of livelihoods and health among communities in Migori County, Kenya over multiple timepoints (2021, 2024, 2027): A study protocol. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0256555. PMID: 34432837; PMCID: PMC8386871; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256555;
  6. Tom Achoki, Uzma Alam, Lawrence P.O. Were, Tesfaye Gebremedhin, Flavia Senkubuge, Abaleng Lesego, Shuangzhe Liu, Richard Wamai, Yohannes Kinfu. COVID-19 pandemic in the African continent: Forecasts of cumulative cases, new infections, and mortality. medRxiv. 2020. View Publication
  7. Were LPO, Hogan JW, Galárraga O, Wamai R. Predictors of Health Insurance Enrollment among HIV Positive Pregnant Women in Kenya: Potential for Adverse Selection and Implications for HIV Treatment and Prevention. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 04 22; 17(8). PMID: 32331351; PMCID: PMC7216063; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17082892;
  8. Were LPO, Were E, Wamai R, Hogan J, Galarraga O. Effects of social health insurance on access and utilization of obstetric health services: results from HIV+ pregnant women in Kenya. BMC Public Health. 2020 Jan 20; 20(1):87. PMID: 31959153; PMCID: PMC6971983; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-8186-y;
  9. Gopal S, Ma Y, Xin C, Pitts J, Were L. Characterizing the Spatial Determinants and Prevention of Malaria in Kenya. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 12 12; 16(24). PMID: 31842408; PMCID: PMC6950158; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16245078;
  10. Lawrence P. O. Were. The Informal Sector and Universal Health Coverage: Crucial Considerations. Issues in Brief. Boston University's Pardee Center. Boston. 2019; (37):1-8. View Publication
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2016 Boston University: BU Terrier Women's Soccer Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award
2011-2015 Brown University: Graduate Student Fellowship
2009-2010 IDCE Compton International Fellowship Award
2006 United States International University – Africa, Nairobi Kenya: Community Service Award
2006 Ford Foundation and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi: Student Researcher Award
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