Sarah Zelazny

Sarah Zelazny
Policy Analyst


B.A. in sociology, Clarion University of Penn; M.P.H. in behavioral and community health sciences, University of Pittsburgh


Sarah Zelazny (she/her) is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her background includes: patient experience; racial equity; community-level and clinical-level injury and violence prevention program development, implementation, and evaluation; gender-based violence research; harm reduction; trauma-informed care and education; working with underserved populations; health communication; and emergency preparedness education delivery. Zelazny specializes in qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting; community-based participatory methods; and literature reviews.

Prior to joining RAND, Zelazny was the trauma prevention coordinator at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Trauma Centers in Pittsburgh and Monroeville, where she oversaw and implemented community injury and violence prevention program planning and outreach, providing services throughout Western Pennsylvania. Some of the large programs she established and led at AHN Trauma Centers include Stop the Bleed, Trauma Survivors Network, Child Passenger Safety, and Healthy Steps for Older Adults. Before serving in her community-based role, she was a research coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh where she managed projects focused on gender-based violence, reproductive coercion, and social masculinity norms. Zelazny completed her M.P.H. in behavioral and community health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to earning her M.P.H., she taught English as a second language in Zhejiang Province, China after receiving her B.A. in sociology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.