Sara Mcmenamin

Title(s)Associate Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science
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La Jolla CA 92093
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    Dr. McMenamin is an assistant professor in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health at UC San Diego where she serves as the Associate Director of the MPH program and as an Interim Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education. Her research focuses on state-level policies to treat tobacco use and other preventive services such as treating tobacco dependence through health insurance coverage both in the private and public insurance markets in both California and across the US. Dr. McMenamin also serves as a vice chair for the California Health Benefits Review Program, a University of California wide task force of faculty engaged in providing evidence on medical effectiveness, cost, and public health impacts of proposed health insurance legislation being considered in the California state legislature.

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    1. Health Insurance Mandates for Nonpharmacological Pain Treatments in 7 US States. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Apr 01; 7(4):e245737. Onstott TN, Hurst S, Kronick R, Tsou AC, Groessl E, McMenamin SB. PMID: 38598242; PMCID: PMC11007571.
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    2. Implementation of state health insurance benefit mandates for cancer-related fertility preservation: following policy through a complex system. Implement Sci. 2024 Feb 16; 19(1):14. Su HI, Kaiser BN, Crable EL, Ortega RF, Yoeun SW, Economou MA, Fernandez E, Romero SAD, Aarons GA, McMenamin SB. PMID: 38365808; PMCID: PMC10870606.
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    3. Declines in cigarette smoking among US adolescents and young adults: indications of independence from e-cigarette vaping surge. Tob Control. 2023 Nov 08. Pierce JP, Luo M, McMenamin SB, Stone MD, Leas EC, Strong D, Shi Y, Kealey S, Benmarhnia T, Messer K. PMID: 37940404.
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    4. Implementation of state health insurance benefit mandates for cancer-related fertility preservation: Following policy through a complex system. Res Sq. 2023 Oct 09. Irene Su H, Kaiser B, Crable E, Ortega RF, Yoeun SW, Economou M, Fernandez E, Romero SA, Aarons GA, McMenamin SB. PMID: 37886467; PMCID: PMC10602193.
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    5. Trends in cigarette consumption across the United States, with projections to 2035. PLoS One. 2023; 18(3):e0282893. Leas EC, Trinidad DR, Pierce JP, McMenamin SB, Messer K. PMID: 36913367; PMCID: PMC10010542.
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    6. Daily E-cigarette Use and the Surge in JUUL Sales: 2017-2019. Pediatrics. 2022 Jun 01; 149(6). Pierce JP, Zhang J, Crotty Alexander LE, Leas EC, Kealey S, White MM, Strong DR, Trinidad DR, McMenamin SB, Chen R, Benmarhnia T, Messer K. PMID: 35634883; PMCID: PMC9647987.
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    7. Applying the EPIS framework to policy-level considerations: Tobacco cessation policy implementation among California Medicaid managed care plans. Implement Res Pract. 2022 Jan-Dec; 3:26334895221096289. Economou MA, Kaiser BN, Yoeun SW, Crable EL, McMenamin SB. PMID: 37091072; PMCID: PMC9924244.
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    8. Effectiveness of e-cigarettes as aids for smoking cessation: evidence from the PATH Study cohort, 2017-2019. Tob Control. 2023 08; 32(e2):e145-e152. Chen R, Pierce JP, Leas EC, Benmarhnia T, Strong DR, White MM, Stone M, Trinidad DR, McMenamin SB, Messer K. PMID: 35131948; PMCID: PMC10423520.
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    9. Assessment of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates for Fertility Preservation Among 11 US States. JAMA Health Forum. 2021 12 03; 2(12):e214309. Flores Ortega RE, Yoeun SW, Mesina O, Kaiser BN, McMenamin SB, Su HI. PMID: 36218913.
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    10. Tobacco price and use following California Proposition 56 tobacco tax increase. PLoS One. 2021; 16(10):e0257553. Gunadi C, Benmarhnia T, White M, Pierce JP, McMenamin SB, Leas EC, Shi Y. PMID: 34644338; PMCID: PMC8513910.
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    11. Incidence of Cigarette Smoking Relapse Among Individuals Who Switched to e-Cigarettes or Other Tobacco Products. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 10 01; 4(10):e2128810. Pierce JP, Chen R, Kealey S, Leas EC, White MM, Stone MD, McMenamin SB, Trinidad DR, Strong DR, Benmarhnia T, Messer K. PMID: 34665239; PMCID: PMC8527352.
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    12. Availability and Promotion of Cannabidiol (CBD) Products in Online Vape Shops. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 06 22; 18(13). Leas EC, Moy N, McMenamin SB, Shi Y, Benmarhnia T, Stone MD, Trinidad DR, White M. PMID: 34206501; PMCID: PMC8295837.
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    13. E-cigarettes and Cessation: The Introduction of Substantial Bias in Analyses of PATH Study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 05 04; 23(5):876-877. Pierce JP, Leas EC, Benmarhnia T, McMenamin SB, Strong DR, Chen R, Messer K. PMID: 33188408; PMCID: PMC8522440.
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    14. Implementation of a Comprehensive Tobacco-Cessation Policy in Medicaid Managed Care Plans in California. Am J Prev Med. 2020 10; 59(4):593-596. McMenamin SB, Yoeun SW, Wellman JP, Zhu SH. PMID: 32828584.
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    15. Widening disparities in cigarette smoking by race/ethnicity across education level in the United States. Prev Med. 2020 10; 139:106220. Nguyen-Grozavu FT, Pierce JP, Sakuma KK, Leas EC, McMenamin SB, Kealey S, Benmarhnia T, Emery SL, White MM, Fagan P, Trinidad DR. PMID: 32693179; PMCID: PMC7494609.
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    16. Evaluating the impact of the California 1995 smoke-free workplace law on population smoking prevalence using a synthetic control method. Prev Med Rep. 2020 Sep; 19:101164. Sheridan P, Trinidad D, McMenamin S, Pierce JP, Benmarhnia T. PMID: 32775177; PMCID: PMC7394745.
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    17. The Importance of Health Insurance in Addressing Asian American Disparities in Utilization of Clinical Preventive Services: 12-Year Pooled Data from California. Health Equity. 2020; 4(1):292-303. McMenamin SB, Pourat N, Lee R, Breen N. PMID: 32775939; PMCID: PMC7406996.
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    18. Telemedicine-delivered treatment interventions for substance use disorders: A systematic review. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019 06; 101:38-49. Lin LA, Casteel D, Shigekawa E, Weyrich MS, Roby DH, McMenamin SB. PMID: 31006553.
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    19. Evaluation of the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program in California. PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0206921. McMenamin SB, Cummins SE, Zhuang YL, Gamst AC, Ruiz CG, Mayoral A, Zhu SH. PMID: 30388176; PMCID: PMC6214574.
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    20. Trends in Lung Cancer and Cigarette Smoking: California Compared to the Rest of the United States. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2019 01; 12(1):3-12. Pierce JP, Shi Y, McMenamin SB, Benmarhnia T, Trinidad DR, Strong DR, White MM, Kealey S, Hendrickson EM, Stone MD, Villaseñor A, Kwong S, Zhang X, Messer K. PMID: 30305281; PMCID: PMC7389269.
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    21. McMenamin et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2018 09; 108(9):e1-e2. McMenamin SB, Hiller SP, Shigekawa E, Shimkhada R. PMID: 30089008; PMCID: PMC6085008.
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    22. Does State Medicaid Coverage of Smoking Cessation Treatments Affect Quitting? Health Serv Res. 2018 12; 53(6):4725-4746. Kostova D, Xu X, Babb S, McMenamin SB, King BA. PMID: 29806177; PMCID: PMC6232436.
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    23. Affordable Care Act Impact on Medicaid Coverage of Smoking-Cessation Treatments. Am J Prev Med. 2018 04; 54(4):479-485. McMenamin SB, Yoeun SW, Halpin HA. PMID: 29433953.
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    24. Universal Lead Screening Requirement: A California Case Study. Am J Public Health. 2018 03; 108(3):355-357. McMenamin SB, Hiller SP, Shigekawa E, Melander T, Shimkhada R. PMID: 29346004; PMCID: PMC5803804.
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    25. Addressing discriminatory benefit design for people living with HIV: a California case study. AIDS Care. 2017 12; 29(12):1594-1597. McMenamin SB, Shimkhada R, Hiller SP, Corbett G, Ponce N. PMID: 28393587.
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    26. Implications of dispensing self-administered hormonal contraceptives in a 1-year supply: a California case study. Contraception. 2017 May; 95(5):449-451. McMenamin SB, Charles SA, Tabatabaeepour N, Shigekawa E, Corbett G. PMID: 28063830.
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    27. Implementation of Age-Specific Services for Transition-Age Youths in California. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 09 01; 67(9):970-6. Ojeda VD, Hiller SP, Hurst S, Jones N, McMenamin S, Burgdorf J, Gilmer TP. PMID: 27133720.
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    28. The impact of tobacco dependence treatment coverage and copayments in Medicaid. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Apr; 46(4):331-6. Greene J, Sacks RM, McMenamin SB. PMID: 24650835.
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    29. Medicaid coverage of tobacco-dependence treatment for pregnant women: impact of the Affordable Care Act. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Oct; 43(4):e27-9. McMenamin SB, Halpin HA, Ganiats TG. PMID: 22992368.
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    30. Impact of participation in the California Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Initiative on adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices for patient safety and health care-associated infection rates in a cohort of acute care general hospitals. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Apr; 41(4):307-11. Halpin HA, McMenamin SB, Simon LP, Jacobsen D, Vanneman M, Shortell S, Milstein A. PMID: 22921825.
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    31. Adoption of health promotion practices in a cohort of U.S. physician organizations. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Dec; 39(6):555-8. Bellows NM, McMenamin SB, Halpin HA. PMID: 21084076.
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    32. Adoption of policies to treat tobacco dependence in U.S. medical groups. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Nov; 39(5):449-56. McMenamin SB, Bellows NM, Halpin HA, Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM. PMID: 20965382.
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    33. Trends in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage for tobacco-dependence treatments. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Oct; 35(4):321-6. McMenamin SB, Halpin HA, Shade SB. PMID: 18692982.
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    34. The demand for health insurance coverage for tobacco dependence treatments: support for a benefit mandate and willingness to pay. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Dec; 9(12):1269-76. Halpin HA, McMenamin SB, Shade SB. PMID: 18058345.
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    35. Medicaid provider delivery of the 5A's for smoking cessation counseling. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Nov; 9(11):1095-101. Chase EC, McMenamin SB, Halpin HA. PMID: 17978983.
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    36. Adoption of system strategies for tobacco cessation by state medicaid programs. Med Care. 2007 Apr; 45(4):350-6. Bellows NM, McMenamin SB, Halpin HA. PMID: 17496719.
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    37. Knowledge of Medicaid coverage and effectiveness of smoking treatments. Am J Prev Med. 2006 Nov; 31(5):369-74. McMenamin SB, Halpin HA, Bellows NM. PMID: 17046407.
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    38. An analysis of California Assembly Bill 2185: mandating coverage of pediatric asthma self-management training and education. Health Serv Res. 2006 Jun; 41(3 Pt 2):1061-80. Halpin HA, McMenamin SB, Pourat N, Yelin E. PMID: 16704672; PMCID: PMC1713223.
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    39. State-mandated benefit review laws. Health Serv Res. 2006 Jun; 41(3 Pt 2):1104-23. Bellows NM, Halpin HA, McMenamin SB. PMID: 16704674; PMCID: PMC1713220.
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    40. Assessing the public health impact of state health benefit mandates. Health Serv Res. 2006 Jun; 41(3 Pt 2):1045-60. McMenamin SB, Halpin HA, Ganiats TG. PMID: 16704671; PMCID: PMC1713219.
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    41. Medicaid coverage for tobacco-dependence treatments. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Mar-Apr; 25(2):550-6. Halpin HA, Bellows NM, McMenamin SB. PMID: 16522610.
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    42. The costs and effectiveness of different benefit designs for treating tobacco dependence: results from a randomized trial. Inquiry. 2006; 43(1):54-65. Halpin HA, McMenamin SB, Rideout J, Boyce-Smith G. PMID: 16838818.
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    43. The routine use of health risk appraisals: results from a national study of physician organizations. Am J Health Promot. 2005 Sep-Oct; 20(1):34-8. Halpin HA, McMenamin SB, Schmittdiel J, Gillies RR, Shortell SM, Rundall T, Casalino L. PMID: 16171159.
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    44. The use of patient and physician reminders for preventive services: results from a National Study of Physician Organizations. Prev Med. 2004 Nov; 39(5):1000-6. Schmittdiel J, McMenamin SB, Halpin HA, Gillies RR, Bodenheimer T, Shortell SM, Rundall T, Casalino LP. PMID: 15475035.
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    45. Health promotion in physician organizations: results from a national study. Am J Prev Med. 2004 May; 26(4):259-64. McMenamin SB, Schmittdiel J, Halpin HA, Gillies R, Rundall TG, Shortell SM. PMID: 15110050.
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    46. Physician and enrollee knowledge of Medicaid coverage for tobacco dependence treatments. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Feb; 26(2):99-104. McMenamin SB, Halpin HA, Ibrahim JK, Orleans CT. PMID: 14751319.
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    47. Support for smoking cessation interventions in physician organizations: results from a national study. Med Care. 2003 Dec; 41(12):1396-406. McMenamin SB, Schauffler HH, Shortell SM, Rundall TG, Gillies RR. PMID: 14668672.
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