SONNET is a national network of applied researchers who help design, evaluate, and implement effective social health interventions to improve member health across Kaiser Permanente. SONNET's work is made possible with funding from KP's National Community Health Program.
Bernard J. Tyson Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
Department of Health Systems Science
Cheryl Kelly, PhD, MPH, MA, is Director of Evaluation, Measurement, and Regulatory Reporting at KP’s National Office of Community Health, where she provides overall leadership for the evaluation and measurement of Community Health’s regional and national strategies. She manages a team of Evaluation Consultants who design and oversee evaluations for KP Markets and Community Health Strategies. Dr. Kelly and her team work to standardize evaluation and measurement across the enterprise and use data and products to effectively to impact strategy and promote learning. She is also responsible for market compliance reporting and supporting compliance reporting needs.
Prior to taking this role, Dr. Kelly was a Senior Investigator at the KP Colorado Institute for Health Research for 7 years and Director of the Partners in Evaluation & Research (PiER) Center. During the first half of her career, she was an Assistant/Associate professor at Saint Louis University and then at the University of Colorado, where she taught undergraduate and graduate-level health promotion program planning, evaluation, and research methods. In addition to teaching, she established herself as a community health evaluator with a focus on large initiatives spanning multiple sites. In this role, she established the Partners in Evaluation and Research Center to provide structure for a team of evaluators and researchers working to assess the impact of a variety of community health initiatives, both KP-funded initiatives as well as externally funded initiatives.
Dr. Kelly has extensive experience in designing and overseeing evaluations of various sizes and addressing different content areas; leading evaluation teams and Centers; standardizing evaluation and measurement across different organizations, strategies, and outcomes; writing reports and communicating results and lessons learned clearly and concisely; and conducting strategic planning and facilitating learning sessions with funders and community organizations. Dr. Kelly earned her PhD in Public Health Sciences (emphasis in Behavioral Science) at Saint Louis University, where she also completed her Master of Public Health degree. She is also currently an Associate Professor in KP’s newly formed Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine..
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