Allen Cheadle, PhD


"We work to document, understand, and enhance the impact of community-based health initiatives.”

Allen Cheadle, PhD 

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


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

Dr. Cheadle's efforts with CCHE during the last several years have involved measuring and enhancing the impact of Kaiser Permanente's community health initiatives. He led the evaluation of the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiative from 2004 to 2017, which promoted the use of policy and environmental strategies to reduce obesity in 30 communities nationwide. CCHE tracked strategy-level progress and impact, measured changes in community-level health indicators, and provided 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 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.

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 at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he is now an affiliate professor of health services.


  • Healthy Communities


  • Community Health Measurement

    Creating approaches to assessing community health – broadly defined to include the social determinants of health and health equity

  • Evaluation of Community-Based Health Initiatives

    Developing methods and measures to assess the impact of complex community-based systems and policy change efforts

  • Obesity

Recent publications

Cheadle A, Schwartz PM, Rauzon S, Bourcier E, Senter S, Spring R, Beery WL. Using the concept of "population dose" in planning and evaluating community-level obesity prevention initiatives. Am J Eval. 2013;34(1):64-77. doi: 10.1177/1098214012458824. Epub 2012 Nov 6.

Cheadle A, Rauzon S, Spring R, Schwartz PM, Gee S, Gonzalez E, Ravel J, Reilly C, Taylor A, Williamson D. Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Initiative in Northern California: evaluation findings and lessons learned. Am J Health Promot. 2012;27(2):e59-68. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.111222-QUAN-462. PubMed

Cheadle A, Schwartz P, Rauzon S. Ca4-04: Using the concept of "population dose" in planning and evaluating community health initiatives. Clin Med Res. 2012;10(3):184-5. PubMed

Kumanyika S, Brownson RC, Cheadle A. The L.E.A.D. Framework: using tools from evidence-based public health to address evidence needs for obesity prevention. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012;9:E125. Epub 2012 Jul 12. PubMed


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