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Dept. of Community Health
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Medford, MA 02155
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Jennifer Allen, Sc.D., MPH, MSN, RN
Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health
BiographyFor the past 25 years, Dr. Allen's research has focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions to promote cancer prevention and control in underserved populations, with an ultimate goal of reducing health disparities. Her work emphasizes community-based participatory approaches to identify community needs and build capacity to implement community-driven solutions. She has developed and evaluated peer-led and e-health interventions to promote cancer screening in a variety of settings, including worksites, churches, and public housing. More recently, she has studied strategies for ensuring wide-scale and equitable dissemination of evidence-based interventions to address health disparities. For example, she has worked with faith-based organizations, worksites, and public housing sites to disseminate the use of evidence-based cancer control interventions among audiences that may not be well-served by health care systems.
Currently, Dr. Allen is the PI of a study funded by the National Cancer Institute to develop and test an interactive, web-based decision aid to promote informed decision-making for prostate cancer screening among African American men. She was recently awarded funding to conduct and evaluate a social media campaign using Twitter to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine among low-income, African American women. Areas of additional interest include "One Health" (connections among human, animal, and environmental health) and community mental health. In addition, she is conducting research to understand how heavy smokers will respond to newly-recommended lung cancer screening guidelines and is developing a decision aid to assist them in making screening decisions, while also promoting smoking cessation.
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