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MAFP Names Michele Allen, MD, MS, as Recipient of the 2018 Innovation & Research Award

Wednesday, March 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
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St. Louis Park, March 20, 2018 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) named Michele Allen, MD, MS, recipient of the 2018 Innovation & Research Award. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the development of family medicine research at the state and/or national level.

Allen is a family physician, associate professor, and accomplished researcher in health disparities at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She currently serves as the interim director of the University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research, which seeks to eliminate health inequities through collaborative research, innovative education and trust partnerships.

She is co-principal investigator of a $2.4 million National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities grant, working to enhance emotional well being, academic achievement and prevent tobacco and other substance use through the promotion of student-school connectedness. The study primarily focuses on ninth grade students who are of Latino, Hmong, and Somali heritage.

Nominator Kevin A. Peterson, MD, MPH, said, “Allen works with schools, with young adults and children from minority groups, promoting health, well being and behavioral health.” Her work has focused on family medicine’s goals around health and wellness promotion and health equity.

Allen has completed a fellowship in primary care research and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. She has served as principal investigator of about 15 grants/contracts, many of which have been federally funded. She has authored nearly 30 peer-reviewed publications and serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, including the American Journal of Public Health and JAMA Pediatrics. Allen has also presented her work at a variety of national and international conferences.


About the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians: The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages. It is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota, representing more than 3,200 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students.

About the MAFP Academy Awards: Each year, MAFP recognizes its members for their hard work and dedication to family medicine via its own Academy Awards. Family physicians from across Minnesota are nominated—by patients, community members, educators, learners and colleagues—for a variety of awards. The MAFP Board of Directors selects awardees after reviewing nomination letters and credentials. The Innovation & Research Award was presented at MAFP’s annual Innovation & Research Forum in March. All other awards will be presented at the MAFP Spring Refresher, to be held April 12 & 13, 2018, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

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