Khadesia Howell

Khadesia Howell
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND, and Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School


M.Phil. in public policy and policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.H. in health policy and management, Florida A&M University; B.A. in Hispanic studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Khadesia Howell is a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her interests include the intersection of health policy and ethics/bioethics, public health policy, women’s health, the social determinants of health, drug policy, the intersection of race and technology, health consolidation, domestic migration, anti-displacement policy, social justice and vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was the policy and legislative coordinator and oversaw quality improvement and performance management at the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection. She previously worked at the department as a state health improvement plan liaison and as a patient access specialist with Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee. She has an M.P.H. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  

Selected Publications

Laura J Faherty, Lucy Schulson, Priya Gandhi, Khadesia Howell, Rebecca Wolfe, Jeanne S Ringel, "Promising Practices for Ensuring Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination: The Devil's in the Details," Public Health Reports, 137(4), 2022

Khadesia Howell, Alexandria Washington, Paula M. Williams, Arlesia L. Mathis, John S. Luque, "Medical Marijuana Policy Reform Reaches Florida: A Scoping Review," Florida Public Health Review, 16, 2019