Allison F. Bauer, JD, MSW

Associate Teaching Professor

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty

Office: 316F Robinson Hall

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 617.373.4434

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Allison F. Bauer is a nationally recognized leader in health policy and strategic philanthropy. She is an accomplished legal and policy professional with success in identifying innovative solutions, leveraging opportunities, and advocating for systems and policy change.

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Allison was Director of the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Allison also served as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Joint Committee on Mental Health & Substance Abuse in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  She has almost 10 years of experience in philanthropy serving as a Senior Director at The Boston Foundation leading the Health and Wellness Strategy which focused on lowering rates of overweight and obesity in Boston and Massachusetts, including investments to correct the imbalance between healthcare spending and expenses by reducing health care costs through increased primary prevention and by addressing social determinants of health. Additionally, while at TBF, Allison helped to create the Food & Fuel Fund in 2008 in response to the economic downturn and rising food and fuel costs in Massachusetts.


JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School

MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University

BA, University of Rochester

Research Interest:

Social Determinants of Health

Health Policy



American Health Care System

Perspective on Discrimination and Health

Communications Skills for Health Professionals

Selected Recent Publications:

Bauer, A.F., Hung, P., Toohey, M. F., (2016) Understanding Boston – The Evolution of Mass in Motion: One State’s Response to a National Epidemic. The Boston Foundation. Available here

Bauer, A.F., Hubbard, T., Hung, P., Paradis, R., (2015) Healthy People/Healthy Economy: A Five Year Review and Five Priorities for the Future. The Boston Foundation. Available here

Bauer, Allison F, (2014) Views from the Field: Starting Early: Obesity Prevention in Early Childhood, Grantmakers in Health. Available here

Bauer, A.F., (2011) Views from the Field: Disparities in Food Access and in Opportunities for Physical Activity. Grantmakers in Health. Available here

Selected Public Service:

Advisory Board, New England Playworks

Leadership Council, Bowdoin Street Health Center, BIDMC