At Allyson Kelley & Associates our mission is to provide culturally-responsive research, capacity building evaluation, meaningful technical assistance, and program support to communities throughout the United States.
Allyson Kelley, DrPH MPH CHES, President and Founder
Dr. Allyson Kelley is a senior community health scientist and the founder of Allyson Kelley & Associates PLLC. Allyson supports research and evaluation efforts for several public health initiatives in the Rocky Mountain region. She leads a multidisciplinary team of associates and together they work to build evaluation capacity, understanding, and infrastructure that results in opportunities for community healing and transformation.
Public Health Expertise with a Community Focus
Since 2005, Allyson has worked with tribes as a research partner, expert public health consultant, lead evaluator, methodologist, epidemiologist, writer, and educator. Her research interests include building community capacity to address the cultural, social, and environmental factors that contribute to differences in health outcomes among underserved populations in the United States. Allyson earned her Master’s degree in Public Health Practice from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work is driven by what communities identify as most important. Allyson currently resides in New Mexico with frequent trips to Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon. She loves the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
$20 Million in funding has been awarded to underserved communities as a result of collaboration, leadership, and vision.
105 Students and community members received mentoring and training in areas of empowerment evaluation, community based participatory research, mixed-methods evaluation, and public health practice.
30 Professional presentations support the translation of evaluation findings into practice. In the last five years Allyson has presented to tribal governments, educators, researchers, policy makers, and community members about the power and meaning of community-focused evaluation.
20 Published peer reviewed journal articles reach academics, policy makers, and funders. These articles are the evidence that community-focused evaluation works.
3 Book chapters highlight community-based research methods.
1 Evaluation textbook, Rural Community Evaluation, will be released by Routledge in January 2018. This text summarizes the how and why of evaluation in rural communities.
AKA works closely with tribal communities in Montana and Wyoming to build resilience and culturally-based interventions for youth through the Tribal Prevention Initiative. AKA includes a 5-member evaluation team comprised of American Indian college students and cultural reviewers to support the initiative. AKA also serves as a qualitative researcher and for the National Center for Youth Problematic Sexual Behavior. In this position, AKA works closely with national experts to develop and write recommendations for professionals in the understanding, assessment, treatment, and intervention of youth with problematic sexual behavior. In addition to these projects, AKA provides ongoing consultation to the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health, the Fort Belknap Tribal Health Department, the Crow Tribe, the Fort Peck Tribes, and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. AKA also works with several non-profit organizations including Native Pride, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and several American Indian consultant/business owners.
Gail Whiteman has spent her professional years developing, teaching, mentoring, and assessing culturally responsive curriculum in Indian Country. Her intimate knowledge of indigenous values and traditions has greatly enhanced her abilities to evaluate community-based needs, locate key stakeholders to help develop a strategic and action-oriented plan.
Gail’s lifelong experience as a working ranch woman on a Montana reservation, has helped her keep in touch with her own roots and created an in-depth understanding of the holistic model of health and wellness and the connection to Mother Earth. She encourages people tell their story, their truth, their world views to create better understanding and stronger relationships with each other and the natural world.
She has a BS in Agriculture Education and an MS in Science Education, with a strong emphasis on formative and summative evaluation. Whether working for a tribal college, state university, tribal administration as an outreach educator, or independent consulting, Gail focuses on helping people find their own solutions.
At AKA we believe in building local research and evaluation capacity. We work with communities, tribal colleges, and universities to hire interns that support our local evaluation efforts. Our interns are not just students or employees–they have real world experiences and ideas about what it means to be effective in research and evaluation. Over the years we have learned so much from them.
Kaycee is a senior at Montana State University and is completing her academic internship at AKA. Kaycee will graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation with an LAC option in 2018. Kaycee works closely with AKA on examining outcomes that support long-term recovery in peers served through the Transitional Recovery and Culture Project and various culturally-based evaluations.
Sky Johnston is a senior at Wolf Point Senior High School. She plays volleyball and basketball and is a member of the Wolf Point High School Indian Club aka Shunk Togeja Oyadabi (Wolf People) and the Fort Peck Tribes Nakona Dakota Oyate Youth Council (NDO). Sky plans to go to college and study medicine. AKA welcomes Sky to the team and her contribution to local evaluation efforts on the Fort Peck Reservation.
Aryn Fisher is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana. She graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Community Health in May 2018. Aryn began working for AKA in 2015–she is passionate about evaluation and plans to get a Masters degree in Epidemiology. AKA Welcomes Aryn back to the summer 2018 evaluation internship. Aryn’s knowledge of community needs along and experience conducting evaluations with youth and young adults adds to AKA’s effectiveness.
Karly is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe. This coming fall she will be a sophomore at Salish Kootenai college pursuing a degree in nursing, planning to achieve a masters degree to become a nurse practitioner. When Karly starts her career, she hopes to go back home to the Northern Cheyenne reservation and serve her community. Karly supports evaluation efforts through survey development, community outreach, and advocacy.
Shaylee Lone Dog is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming. Shaylee is a a sophomore at Haskell Indian Nations University, completing an Associates of Science degree inCommunity Health. She expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. This is Shaylee’s first summer working as an intern for Allyson Kelley & Associates. Shaylee is excited to be more involved with her community this summer.
AKA associates and interns support a variety of community based projects throughout New Mexico, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. AKA associates have expertise in the following areas: culturally-responsive evaluation, community based participatory research, community health program development and evaluation, strategic planning, k-12 education development and evaluation, substance use and mental health program evaluation, capacity building evaluation, strategic communications, and community-based prevention programming.
If you are interested in joining our consulting team, please contact AKA using the form below. We look forward to meeting you!