Sandra Silva is a co-lead for the Health Equity Area of Expertise and senior associate in the Program, Planning, and Evaluation Practice Area, where she has more than 10 years of experience managing and directing projects for Altarum Institute. Her primary work involves conducting evaluation, assessment, and planning activities at the community, state, and federal levels. She has expertise in health disparities as well as qualitative research and evaluation.
Ms. Silva is currently serving as the evaluator for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded project, Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE). CDC initiated ACHIEVE to support the creation of healthier environments and represents a shift from programmatic efforts to policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to weave health prevention through all aspects of life, including where and how people live, learn, work, and play. Ms. Silva is overseeing a process level evaluation for NACCHO and developing technical assistance documents and tools for NACCHO-funded communities.
In addition to her work with NACCHO, Ms. Silva is deputy director for a multiyear contract with the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to support expansion of the Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative. This work includes developing a branded website, developing curricula and educational materials, coordinating regional trainings on the NHLBI curricula, and engaging partners and stakeholders. She has also worked with the federal Office of Minority Health to assist with implementation of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, a nationwide, comprehensive, community‐driven, sustained approach to ending health disparities and help move the nation toward achieving health equity.
Before joining Altarum, Ms. Silva worked for many years with underserved communities and vulnerable populations, both in a research capacity and as a social service provider.
She holds a master’s degree in management from the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.