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Staff Profile: Allyssa Allen

Allyssa Allen, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, has expertise in health equity and social determinants of health (SDOH) such as neighborhood-level food insecurity, income inequality, and residential segregation. She has worked on a variety of projects, including substantial experience working with grassroots organizations to use data to guide intervention and policy strategies. Dr. Allen has collaborated with the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation and the Baltimore Place Matters Team (Equity Matters) to pair neighborhood indicators from various public use sources with qualitative interviews about the local food environment. In her work on the National Institute on Aging’s Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity Across the Life Span (HANDLS) study, she combined individual-level health data with neighborhood indicators to understand the SDOH in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Dr. Allen is skilled in community engagement as well as participatory and community-based research and evaluation methodologies. She has been recognized by the Baltimore City Council for her community work in Druid Heights and by the Warnock Foundation as a Social Innovator for her ideas on how to repair relationships between researchers and communities. At Community Science, Dr. Allen serves on the evaluation teams for the Port Towns Community Health Partnership (funded by Kaiser Permanente) and Everybody at the Table for Health (EAT4Health) initiative (funded by the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation), and on a study on the use of administrative and secondary data by community data collaboratives to end health disparities (funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health).

Dr. Allen lives in a small farmhouse in Baltimore County with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she likes to explore the woods behind her house. She has been working on writing a sci-fi novel with her mom for years, and they hope to one day finish it!

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