Allison Bauer


Associate Teaching Professor

Health Sciences

Research Interests

Social determinants of health, health policy, philanthropy, food access and policy


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 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.

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.


American Health Care System
Perspective on Discrimination and Health
Communications Skills for Health Professionals

Selected Public Service

Advisory Board, New England Playworks

Leadership Council, Bowdoin Street Health Center, BIDMC