Prof Helburn has twenty-five years of experience designing and implementing public health programs, as well as coordinating strategic planning and systems change. She worked with diverse, community-based organizations in Boston neighborhoods, having worked at HRiA for nearly a decade, facilitating community health initiatives, enhancing coalitions’ capacity and coordinating assessment and evaluation efforts. These experiences reinforced the importance of effecting structural change in public health through advocacy and policy, and so, she went back to school to earn a PhD in Public Policy at the McCormack School of Policy Studies. Prof Helburn has also worked as a public health policy researcher at RTI International, conducting federal contract research, for clients such as ACF, ASPE, and CMS. She has undertaken self-directed, applied research, as well as research in partnership with senior faculty, federal agencies, and state and municipal governments. Her ongoing research interests focus on the socio-economic determinants of inequities in health status and outcomes, and how Health in All Policies can help to better achieve health equity.

PhD, Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
MPH, Maternal & Child Health and Community Health Education, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
BA, Cultural & Social Anthropology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Research Interest:
Health Policy
Quality Measures (Socio-Economic Determinants)
Paid Leave Policy
Access to Care/Health Insurance

2515 Health Policy & Administration
4511 Healthcare Management
4515 Critical Issues in Public Health Policy
4540 Health Education & Program Planning
5212 Public Health Policy & Administration