Mallika Bhandarkar

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Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.P.H. in health promotion, Columbia University; B.A. in anthropology; minor in biology, Boston University


Mallika Bhandarkar (she/her) is a policy analyst at RAND. Her primary interests include public health, community health, health disparities, and vulnerable populations. Bhandarkar earned her M.P.H. with a concentration in health promotion from Columbia University, and B.A. in anthropology from Boston University. She has extensive experience in collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing qualitative data with community members, program staff, and other key stakeholders. Prior to working at RAND, she worked with First 5 LA-funded home visiting programs for pregnant and new families, providing technical assistance and training for staff, and at UCLA on a variety of public health intervention research projects.