Brittany Hsiang Chen, Health Resources in Action
Brittany Hsiang Chen is a Senior Program Manager at Health Resources in Action. Her expertise is in youth development, stakeholder engagement, community mobilization and policy research. For seven years, Brittany has been a champion of tobacco prevention both in Massachusetts and the New England area. She has mobilized youth and adults to advocate for policy, systems and environmental change to make communities more tobacco-free and implemented a model statewide youth tobacco prevention movement. She also trains youth to conduct community assessments such as Photovoice to promote tobacco prevention as well as healthy eating and active living.
In addition, she conducts Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and trains diverse stakeholders, ranging from public health to community development practitioners, on HIA. Finally, she also conducts policy research on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act upon the public health system.
Prior to her work at HRiA, Brittany conducted research with organizations such as the New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Hunter College Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and United Nations Children Fund. Brittany holds an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her master's thesis focused on the intersection between community organizing and Health Impact Assessments. She is currently a doctoral candidate in sociobehavioral sciences at Boston University's School of Public Health.