Mallika Bhandarkar is a policy analyst at RAND. She has worked with First 5 LA-funded home visiting programs for pregnant and new parents, providing technical assistance and training for staff, as well as with UCLA on a variety of public health intervention research projects. Her primary interests include public health, health equity, 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.