Allen Cheadle, PhD

"We help community health programs show how they are having a concrete impact on health in their areas."

Allen Cheadle, PhD 

Senior Research Associate, Center for Community Health & Evaluation
Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute 

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Formerly the director of the Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), Allen Cheadle, PhD, now serves as a CCHE senior research associate and and KPWHRI senior investigator.

Before becoming CCHE director in 2011, Dr. Cheadle worked with the Center for more than 15 years on a range of projects through his affiliation with KPWHRI as a research professor in the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Dr. Cheadle's efforts with CCHE during the last several years have involved evaluating Kaiser Permanente's community benefit initiatives, including leading the evaluation of Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Initiative since 2004. That initiative promotes the use of policy and environmental strategies to reduce obesity in 30 communities nationwide. CCHE tracks strategy-level progress and impact, measures changes in community-level health indicators, and provides formative feedback to the communities and to Kaiser Permanente.

Since stepping down as director of CCHE, Dr. Cheadle remains on its leadership team and seeks to continue the Center's work in evaluating community initiatives, working with foundations to build the capacity of community-based organizations, and helping safety-net organizations improve the care they provide.

Dr. Cheadle's work with other KPWHRI investigators is focused on collaborative research and evaluation projects, particularly those that can improve the Kaiser Permanente Washington delivery system and contribute to its development as a "learning health care system" where research influences practice and practice influences research. These projects are also aimed at advancing Kaiser Permanente Washington's ability to benefit the broader community. 



Recent publications

Ponce-Gonzalez I, Cheadle A, Aisenberg G, Cantrell LF. Improving oral health in migrant and underserved populations: evaluation of an interactive, community-based oral health education program in Washington state. BMC Oral Health. 2019 Feb 13;19(1):30. doi: 10.1186/s12903-019-0723-7. PubMed

Hsu C, Hertel E, Johnson E, Cahill C, Lozano P, Ross TR, Ehrlich K, Coleman K, BlueSpruce J, Cheadle A, Matthys J, Chapdelaine M, Gray M, Tufte J, Robbins M. Evaluation of the Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods and Clinical Care project: findings from implementing a new lay role into primary care teams to address social determinants of health. Perm J. 2018; 22:18-101.Published online 2018 Oct 22.doi: 10.7812/TPP/18-101.

Schwartz PM, Kelly C, Cheadle A, Pulver A, Solomon L. The Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiative: a decade of implementing and evaluating community change. The Kaiser Am J Prev Med. 2018;54(5S2):S105-S109. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.02.004.

Harner LT, Kuo ES, Cheadle A, Rauzon S, Schwartz PM, Parnell B, Kelly C, Solomon L. Using population dose to evaluate community-level health initiatives. Am J Prev Med. Volume 54, Issue 5, S117-S123. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.01.026.


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