As Senior Manager, Rachel develops and applies strategies for translating and disseminating public health systems/services research – to benefit policy and practice audiences. She currently supports ongoing strategic portfolio analysis work, conducted in partnership with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She also manages an investigation of the growing body of literature on best practice in engaging patients, communities, and stakeholders throughout research design and implementation processes.

Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Rachel worked for Transcendent Endeavors, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant awardee. There, she led projects to test and demonstrate the value of innovative, technology-enabled products and programs – designed to increase health access and education for underserved populations. She has also worked as an independent strategy consultant: supporting Johnson & Johnson’s TEDxJNJ programming, and managing a strategic outreach initiative for Justrojgar, Inc. Previously, Rachel completed internships with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), Think Local First DC, and Poverty Resolutions.

Rachel holds a Master of Science in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health (Civic & Community Engagement) from the Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College, where she served as a Teaching Assistant with the University’s Department of Health Policy & Administration. Her research has focused on global health equity, social justice advocacy, and eliminating avoidable disparities in health.

Authored by Rachel Dungan, M.S.S.P.