Health Management and Policy
BA, Health: Science, Society and Policy; and Politics, Brandeis UniversityMPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthScD, Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Alina Schnake-Mahl, ScD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Health Collaborative and the Department of Health Policy and Management at Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health. She is a social epidemiologist and health services researcher, and her primary research interest is in the social and political determinants of health inequities. Her current work aims to identify the compositional and contextual features of places — including neighborhood factors, social policies, and governance structures — that are associated with health disparities. Her policy work focuses on occupational- and housing-related social policies. She uses a combination of descriptive and causal methods to identify and inform policies and interventions that can mitigate health inequity.
She received an NIH K01 career development award to examine neighborhood and policy determinants of disparities in influenza and COVID-19 acute care utilization. Dr. Schnake-Mahl earned a ScD and MPH in social epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Before joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative, and previously worked in applied population health research and evaluation.
- Infectious Disease
- Health Disparities
- Health and Place or Built Environment
- Urban Health
- Data Analysis Methods
- Health Services Research
- Health Policy
Schnake-Mahl A, Mullachery P, Kolker J, Skinner A, Raifman J, Diez Roux AV, Bilal U. Higher COVID-19 Vaccination and Narrower Disparities in US cities with Paid Sick Leave Compared to Those Without. Health Affairs, In Press
Schnake-Mahl A, Mullachery P, Li R, Purtle J, Diez Roux AV, Bilal U. Heterogeneity in Disparities in Life Expectancy Across US Metropolitan Areas. Epidemiology, In Press
Schnake-Mahl A, Bilal U. Disaggregated Disparities: a case study of heterogenous COVID-19 disparities across waves, geographies, and social vulnerability. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2022: 101833, 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101833
Bilal U, Mullachery P, Schnake-Mahl A, Rollins H, McCulley E, Kolker J, Barber S, Diez Roux A. Spatial Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccination in 15 Large US Cities. AJE, doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwac076
Schnake-Mahl A, O’Leary G, Mullachery P, Kolker J, Diez Roux A, Bilal U. Evaluating indoor dining closures and re-opening on COVID-19 rates in large US cities using a quasi-experimental design. Epidemiology. 2021 (12), doi.org/10.1097/EDE.0000000000001444
Bilal U, Momplaisir F, Schnake-Mahl A, Murphy K, Jemmott J. Disparities in COVID-19 testing positivity, hospitalization, and mortality in a large hospital system in Pennsylvania. Lancet Regional Health-Americas. 2022, 10: doi.org/10.1016/j.lana.2022.100220
Schnake-Mahl A, Bilal U. Schnake-Mahl and Bilal Respond to structural Racism and COVID-19 Mortality in the US, AJE. 2021, 190(8):1447-1461
Schnake-Mahl A, Sommers BD, Waters MC, Subramanian SV, Arcaya M. “Effects of gentrification on health status after Hurricane Katrina.” Health and Place. 2019, doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102237
Schnake-Mahl A, Sommers B. "Health Care in the Suburbs: A National Analysis of Suburban Poverty and Health Care Access.” Health Affairs. 2017, 36(10):1777-1785. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0545
Arcaya M, Schnake-Mahl A, Binet A, Shannon S, Super-Church M, Vedette G, The HNS study team. “Community change and resident needs: designing a Participatory Action Research study in Metropolitan Boston.” Health & Place. 2018, 52:221-230.