Khadesia Howell

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Education

M.P.H. in health policy and management, Florida A&M University; B.A. in Hispanic studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Overview

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

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

Publications

  • Research Brief

    Putting Equity First in COVID-19 Vaccination

    The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative aimed to reduce racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates in the United States. Five demonstration sites implemented hyperlocal, community-led strategies to increase vaccine confidence and access.

    Aug 24, 2022

  • Report

    The U.S. Equity-First Vaccination Initiative: Impacts and Lessons Learned

    The authors detail impacts and lessons learned from the U.S. Equity First Vaccination Initiative, which aimed to increase COVID-19 vaccination access and confidence in communities of individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

    Aug 24, 2022

  • Report

    The U.S. Equity-First Vaccination Initiative: Early Insights

    The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative aims to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in U.S. coronavirus vaccination rates. Five demonstration sites are using hyper-local, community-led strategies to increase vaccine confidence and access.

    Jan 28, 2022

  • Research Brief

    Early Insights from the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative

    The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative aims to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates in the United States. Five demonstration sites are using hyper-local, community-led strategies to increase vaccine confidence and access.

    Dec 20, 2021