Sallie Allgood is a Ph.D. student in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include examining evidence-based interventions to improve health behaviors and identifying which components of these interventions help individuals improve their health and wellness. She is also interested in the role of Community Health Workers (CHW) to deliver these interventions. Ms. Allgood has a B.S. in both Nursing and Biochemistry and a M.S. in Biology. Since enrolling in the Ph.D. program at UNC-CH in 2015, she has worked with her mentor, Dr. Jennifer Leeman, on her CDC-funded study to evaluate implementation and effectiveness of an evidenced-based intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in a rural, predominantly African American community. As a research assistant, Ms. Allgood has helped design the training for the CHWs and is evaluating intervention fidelity. Ms. Allgood has also served on a statewide workgroup that is developing recommendations for training core competencies and certification of North Carolina’s CHW workforce. In addition to being a Jonas Scholar, Ms. Allgood is a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Leadership. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and American Public Health Association.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veterans Healthcare – Community Health/Public Health/Epidemics
Dissertation: Identifying the active ingredients of a complex intervention to reduce CVD risk