Allison Barlow, MPH, Ph.D., associate director and director of behavioral health for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, is the 2014 recipient of the Indian Health Service Director’s Special Recognition Award. This award is given to individuals who have made important contributions to the mission of the IHS to raise the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people to the highest possible level, and reflects the Director’s appreciation. The award honors those who partner with the Indian Health Service and have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in public health leadership.
The award was presented to Barlow at a ceremony on November 6, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.
“Allison’s tireless commitment and contribution to tribal communities over the past 23 years is extremely laudable and I am delighted she is being recognized for it,” said Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH, Founder and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Health
Barlow joined the Center in 1991. Her research and program development work focuses on family-based approaches to child and adolescent health and well-being for reservation-based American Indian tribes. Projects to date have included suicide prevention; alcohol and drug abuse prevention; teen parenting outreach and early childhood development; and youth development focused on fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyles, cultural preservation and civic leadership. All programs she works on and leads center on a strategic approach of employing indigenous paraprofessional community health workers to develop, administer and evaluate interventions. Her research has produced pioneering evidence to support the effectiveness of lay health workers to address disparities and overcome health access barriers in low income communities, while building local human capital.
Her education includes a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, an MPH from Johns Hopkins, an MA from the University of Melbourne, Australia, focused on Aboriginal Studies, and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Photo with longtime colleagues Francene Larzelere-Hinton (left) and Novalene Goklish (right) at the Center's Fort Apache office by Ed Cuncelli.