I'm a British physician and global health consultant trained at Bristol University, Harvard School of Public Health, the Kennedy School of Government, and MIT. I work in global health policy and have experience with the Harvard Health Systems Cluster, Public Health England, Oxford University, and the World Health Organisation where I'm currently a consultant.
As an Oxford Academic Clinical Fellow I'm training as a GP alongside my global policy work. I sit on the RCGP Thames Valley Faculty board and I'm an editorial board member at the British Journal of General Practice.
GP Academic Clinical Fellowship
I'm a GP Registrar at Hedena Health in Oxford seeing patients with bad backs and snotty noses on a weekly basis. In my dedicated research time I work with Prof Trish Greenhalgh at the Department of Primary Care and as a research associate at Green Templeton College.
My research and practice centre on integrating public health and primary care to address local social determinants of health.
World Health Orgnisation
I work at the intersection of health, politics, and economics;
specialising in population-level chronic disease prevention.
I'm on the Commercial Determinants of Health steering group and advise WHO Europe on prevention-oriented primary care.
I'm currently supporting WHO HQ ahead of the Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care.
Speaking truth to power
The health-poverty nexus is a burning social injustice. I lobby for evidence-based public policy through harrying elected representatives and writing in journals and the popular press.
I have lobbied policymakers at Westminster, the US Congress and Senate, and the European Parliament. I'm speaking at the UN General Assembly side-event on disruptive innovation this September.
Allen L. A grim winter looms for UK hospitals but there’s an easy cure. New Scientist. Online 28th November 2017, print edition 16th December 2017
Allen L, Wickramasinghe K, Townsend N. WHO Discussion paper: Alignment of international cooperation with national plans on NCDs. WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs
Contribution to book chapter 'Public health advocacy for the prevention of NCDs' in: Rayner M, Wickramasinghe K, Williams J, Mendis S, McColl K, editors. An Introduction to Population-Level Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases. Oxford University Press; 2017.
Allen L, Atun R, Moore M, Kaboolian K. The Local Political Health Economy. Harvard Case Study. 2015.
Allen L. Improving coordination of chronic disease management through bundled payment in the Netherlands. WHO Europe 2015.
Allen L. The New Health Economy: Lessons from the Green Economy. Graduate Institute//Rabin Martin working paper. 2015.
Allen L. Personalised Health Technologies and health disparities. Institute of Medicine (USA)/Vitality Group working paper. 2014.
Bosch S, Wickramasinghe K, Allen L. Policy Prioritisation Tool. WHO. 2015.
Williams J, Allen L, Wickramasinghe K, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Townsend N. A systematic review of associations between non-communicable diseases and socioeconomic status within low-and lower-middle-income countries. Journal of Global Health
Hatefi A, Allen L. Donors, non-communicable diseases and universal health coverage to high-quality healthcare: an opportunity for action on global functions for health. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Allen L, Pullar J, Wickramasinghe KK, Williams J, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Varghese C, Townsend N. Evaluation of research on interventions aligned to WHO ‘Best Buys’ for NCDs in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review from 1990 to 2015. BMJ Global Health
Pullar J, Allen L, Townsend N, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Rayner M, Mikkelsen B, Branca F, Wickramasinghe K. The impact of poverty reduction and development interventions on non-communicable diseases and their behavioural risk factors in low and lower-middle income countries: A systematic review. PLoSOne
Allen L, Fox N, Ambrose A. Quantifying research output on poverty and non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors in low-income and lower middle-income countries: a bibliometric analysis. BMJ Open PMID: 29133311
Allen LN, Pullar J, Wickramasinghe K, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Varghese C, Townsend N. Are WHO “best buys” for non-communicable diseases effective in low-income and lower-middle-income countries? A systematic review. Lancet Global Health (conference abstract)
Allen L, Williams J, Townsend N, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Foster C, Wickramasinghe K. Socioeconomic status and non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review. Lancet Global Health PMID: 28193397
Allen L, Williams J, Townsend N, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Foster C, Wickramasinghe K. Poverty and risk factors for non-communicable diseases in developing countries: a systematic review. The Lancet. 2016 Nov 30;388:S17. (conference abstract)
Pullar J, Allen L, Townsend N, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Wickramasinghe K. Poverty and development interventions that address behavioural risk factors of non-communicable diseases in low and lower middle income countries: a systematic review. The Lancet. 2016 Nov 30;388:S97. (conference abstract)
Allen L. Leveraging primary care to address social determinants. Lancet Public Health.
Allen L, Rayner M, Briggs A, Wickramasinghe K. Health-related food taxes: An implementation manual. WHO.
Allen L, Hatefi A, Feigl A, Dieleman J. The political economy non-communicable diseases:
unhealthy imports and health spending in the global south. WHO Bulletin, commissioned article.
da Silva, F...Allen, L, et al. Modelling the impact of Portugal’s food industry co-regulation agreement on
non-communicable disease mortality. WHO Bulletin.
Zia Saleh, Anna Bunova, Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Anna Kontsevaya, Boris Gornyy, Carina Ferreira-Borges, Luke Allen, Oxana Drapkina and João Breda. Modelling the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol pricing policies on non-communicable disease mortality in Russia. Lancet GH.
Allen L, Barkley S, De Maeseneer J, van Weel C, Kluge H, de Wit N, Greenhalgh T. Community-level prevention in primary care. BMJ.
Allen LN, Barry E, Gilbert C, Honney R, Turner-Moss E. From reactive to proactive: how to move from managing sick individuals to creating healthy communities. Br J Gen Prac
Political guide to eliminating trans fats from the human food supply.
Allen L, et al. From reactive to proactive: how to move from managing sick individuals to creating healthy communities
Experience and Education
I studied medicine MBChB at Bristol with an intercalated honorary bachelors degree in International Health BSc (Hons).
Whilst working as a junior doctor in Cornwall I completed my postgraduate certificate in clinical education PGCE Clin Edu at Plymouth University.
In 2015 I completed my Masters in Public Health MPH at Harvard, specializing in Global Health with a concentration in Public Health Leadership. Over the year I also studied at the Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government, Oxford University, and MIT.
WHO Primary Health-care Services Geneva
Consultant: August - November 2018
WHO European Regional Office Copenhagen
Consultant: June 2015, and June 2016 - present
Supporting the health ministries of Turkey, Portugal, and Russia to model the impact of population-level interventions on chronic disease mortality
WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases Geneva
Consultant: April - June 2016, and February - August 2017
Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford Oxford
Researcher: July 2015 – August 2017
Geneva Graduate Institute and Rabin Martin Consultancy Geneva
Researcher: Jan 2015
Harvard Health Systems Cluster Boston
Research associate: 2014 - 2015
Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network Boston
Practicum Fellow - Program lead for global NCD advocacy network: 2014 - 2015
Eating Disorders Coalition Washington DC
Lobbyist (STRIPED Scholar) : Oct 2014