Dr. Michele Allen has dedicated her career to the promotion of engaged scholarship and the elimination of health disparities. An Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and an investigator with the University of Minnesota’s Program in Health Disparities Research, Dr. Allen focuses on culturally appropriate health promotion programs in the Latino community, specifically among adolescents. With the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, she is developing a teacher-focused substance use prevention and resiliency promotion intervention for Latino youth. She is part of a multi-partner, collaborative, NIH-funded program, “Padres Informados/Jovenes Preparados,” which supports Latino families in preventing youth substance use (other partners include Aquí Para Ti/Here for You, Centro, and University of Minnesota Extension). She is also co-investigator on a research project that seeks to understand the effects of immigration and acculturation on health outcomes, specifically cardiovascular health, of immigrant families. Finally, Dr. Allen co-led another NIH-funded project, the Partners in Research training program, which offered separate but parallel training tracks for academic researchers and community members from immigrant and refugee communities in community-based participatory research. The program also matched researchers with community-identified projects, and represents an important effort to further institutionalize engaged work among U of M faculty.
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