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Susan Allan
Associate Professor

Susan Allan has been affiliated with the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice since July 2008, serving as Director from 2008 through February 2013. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, she worked in state and local public health for more than 23 years, including 3 years as Public Health Director and State Health Officer for Oregon, and 18 years as the Health Director for Arlington County, Virginia. In Arlington, for two years she also was responsible for programs for behavioral health and substance abuse programs. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine/General Public Health and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

She served on the Institute of Medicine committees that produced the reports "Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century," (2002) and "Training Physicians for Public Health Careers" (2007). She was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice from 2006-2012. She has been extensively involved with accreditation of schools and programs of public health, serving as a member of the Council on Education for Public Health from 2004-2010 and having chaired more than ten accreditation site visits in the US and in other countries. From 2008-2013, she served as Editor-in-Chief for the School of Public Health's journal, Northwest Public Health.

Research Interests:
Public health practice; emergency preparedness; public health law

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Contact Information

email:   susallan@u.washington.edu

address:
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
1107 NE 45th St, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98195-4809

campus box:   354809
voice:   206-685-1130

Education

MPH   Johns Hopkins University, 1992
MD   Harvard Medical School, 1981   (Medicine)
JD   Harvard University, 1977   (Law)
BA   Seattle University, 1972   (Mathematics)

Recent Publications



Miner K, Allan S, McKenzie JF. Public health training centers: strategies for preparing the public health workforce. Health Promot Pract. 2014 Mar;15(1 Suppl):5S-9S. doi: 10.1177/1524839913519647.  PMID: 24578367


Neiworth LL, Allan S, D'Ambrosio L, Coplen-Abrahamson M. Charting a course to competency: an approach to mapping public health core competencies to existing trainings. Health Promot Pract. 2014 Mar;15(1 Suppl):33S-8S. doi: 10.1177/1524839913509274.  PMID: 24578363


Miner K, Allan S. Future of public workforce training: thought leaders' perspectives. Health Promot Pract. 2014 Mar;15(1 Suppl):10S-3S. doi: 10.1177/1524839913519648.  PMID: 24578360


Kaufman N, Allan S, Ibrahim J. Using public health legal counsel effectively: beliefs, barriers and opportunities for training. J Law Med Ethics. 2013 Mar;41 Suppl 1:61-4. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12041.  PMID: 23590743


Bullard CH, Hogan RD, Penn MS, Ferris J, Cleland J, Stier D, Davis RM, Allan S, Van de Putte L, Caine V, Besser RE, Gravely S. Improving cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional coordination for public health emergency legal preparedness. J Law Med Ethics. 2008 Spring;36(1 Suppl):57-63.  PMID: 18315754


External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2013 - 9/29/2014

Leveraging technology to strengthen public health emergency communication systems
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Oberle           Dates:    9/30/2013 - 9/30/2014

DOH Evaluation-Infrastructure
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2012 - 9/29/2013

Northwest Preparedness & response Response Research Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Oberle           Dates:    9/30/2012 - 9/29/2013

Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2012 - 9/29/2013

Northwest Center for Public Health Training
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013

Evaluation of Community Based Campaign to Immunize Adults Against Whooping Cough
Verdant Health Commission
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/1/2012 - 6/30/2013

2012 Public Health Management Certificate Program
de Beaumont Foundation, Inc.
PI:   Allan           Dates:    7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013

DOH Cross Borders Workshop
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    5/1/2012 - 7/31/2013

DOH- Tribal Conference 2012
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    4/1/2012 - 10/31/2012

Supporting Public Health Law Training with Consultation, Tools and On-Line Modules
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Allan           Dates:    1/15/2012 - 12/14/2013

Designing a need-based and sustainable development program for State, Tribal, Local Territorial Health Officials
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
PI:   Allan           Dates:    1/1/2012 - 6/30/2012

North Central Public Health District Oregon
North Central Public Health District
PI:   Allan           Dates:    10/1/2011 - 1/31/2012

DOH Evaluation
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

DOH Evaluation-Infrastructure
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

Confronting the Health Risks of Climate Change
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Fenske           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

Extending Emergency Response Skills to Limited English Proficiency Communties
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Meischke           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Oberle           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

Northwest Center for Public Health Training
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012

Improving capacity to effectively engage and communicate with LA communities before and during public health emergencies
Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    6/10/2011 - 7/31/2011

DOH Emergency Preparedness Training
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    4/1/2011 - 9/30/2011

2011 Washington State Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    1/1/2011 - 10/30/2011

Public Health Management Certificate
de Beaumont Foundation, Inc.
PI:   Allan           Dates:    1/1/2011 - 12/31/2011

Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute 2010-2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2011

Cronfronting the Health Risks of Climated Change - Y2 Renewal
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Fenske           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2011

Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Oberle           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2011

Extending Emergency Response Skills to Limited English Proficiency Communities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Meischke           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2011

Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2015

Northwest Public Health Training Center
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Allan           Dates:    9/1/2010 - 8/31/2015

Predictors of state/local public health systems for disease reporting, investigation, and response performance
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Allan           Dates:    5/1/2010 - 4/30/2012

Extending Emergency Response Skills to Limited English Proficiency Populations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Meischke           Dates:    9/1/2009 - 8/31/2012

Confronting Climate Change Health Risks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Fenske           Dates:    9/1/2009 - 8/31/2012

Management Academy for Public Health
de Beaumont Foundation, Inc.
PI:   Allan           Dates:    4/1/2009 - 3/31/2012

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