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Kristi Allgood joined the Sinai Urban Health Institute in January 2004 to manage the data related to an ongoing Staying Healthy and Stopping Transmission (SHAST) project. SHAST is a randomized behavioral demonstration to deliver individually tailored peer led HIV prevention messages to individuals living with HIV. She manages all technical aspects of data collection and has begun to analyze data on various aspects of the SHAST project.
Kristi is also the lead epidemiologist on the “Improving Breast Health Services at a Safety Net Hospital” project, funded by the Avon Foundation. This project uses Navigation Services to improve the quality of breast health services at Mount Sinai Hospital. As part of her role, Kristi tracks timely diagnosis and treatment of care as two outcomes measures and currently researching several quality measures in the areas of mammography, breast cancer treatment, and timeliness of treatment. She has presented data related to quality of services at Mount Sinai Hospital at the American Public Health Association Annual meeting in November 2006 and has recently been accepted to present similar work at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education in June 2007.
In addition, Kristi is the data manager for the Universal STD testing in the Emergency Department (ED) project. In this project, a health educator offers free HIV and STD testing to patients aged 15-25 years old who are seen in the ED. If a patient is found to have positive results, the Health Educator contacts the patient to inform him/her of the result and how he/she can get treated. Kristi has been managing and summarizing these data, such as positivity rates and follow-up rates, for the past two years. She presents these data to team members at monthly meetings and shares the findings with the ED to encourage STD and HIV testing when the health educator is not available.
From 2004-2006, Kristi worked on the Primary Care Training Grant where she taught residents how to effectively practice Evidence Based Medicine by searching the scientific literature. Though this grant has ended, many residents continue to use these methods in their practice of medicine.
Prior to joining the Sinai Urban Health Institute, Kristi worked as a research specialist at the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago on a prospective research study that tracked the functional performance in those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She also assisted researchers in developing physical activity regimens, educational seminars about exercise and diet, and techniques for exercise motivation.
M.P.H, Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters in Public Health, 2003
B.S., Exercise Science, Minor in Nutrition, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH, 1997