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Alison Chopel, DrPH, MPH

Alison Chopel is director of the California Adolescent Health Collaborative. In this role she works to improve the health and well-being of California’s adolescents by supporting youth providers and youth-serving organizations with research to identify effective practices, and to disseminate effective practices and data through training, technical assistance, convenings and communications. She practices community-based participatory research, building on social epidemiological theories and using qualitative research methods.

Chopel comes to public health from education and is passionate about cross-disciplinary work. She has worked on adolescent health in the US and abroad, in both urban and rural areas, with diverse adolescent populations from homeless youth to adolescent parents. She believes deeply in the importance of empowering youth by working with them as partners and equipping them with skills necessary to collaborate on identifying and addressing threats to their health that they face in their own communities. Chopel aims to pursue health equity and social justice by collaborating across divisions.

She holds a DrPH and MPH in health and social behavior from the University of California, Berkeley.


Investigating Electronic Cigarette Promotion in Partnership with Young Journalists

This pilot study will provide the foundational working partnership and important preliminary data to develop and evaluate the impact of a youth-led media strategy using innovative media to inform youth, tobacco control programs, and policymakers about youth views of e-cigarettes. Media developed by and for youth is more likely to be credible and salient to youth audiences, and the youth voice is an important contribution to policy debates about e-cigarettes.




Assessing the Medical and Reproductive Health Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

This community-partnered study will identify the health and medical needs of commercially sexually exploited children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Breast Feeding to Reduce Breast Cancer: Investigating multi-level barriers and facilitators with diverse young

This study will look at the barriers to and motivators of breastfeeding that young mothers encounter during their child’s first year.  The researchers hypothesize that there are multiple, intersecting factors that influence breastfeeding by adolescent mothers, in the families, romantic relationships, peer groups, schools, communities, and institutions that they belong to or are influenced by.  Specific Aims: 1) To identify and describe the structural and social factors that influence breastfeeding among low-income young mothers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; 2) To design an intervention based on findings from Aim 1 that will be piloted in a subsequent study; 3) To strengthen and sustain an equitable, productive partnership between CAHC, BB, and the communities they represent.

Building Capacity to Advance the Health and Well-Being of California's Adolescents

This project provides information, resources and expertise to support the provision of quality health care services to adolescents. The project seeks to increase the capacity of adolescent health providers and maternal, child and adolescent programs in local health jurisdictions to promote teen health, and to influence policy to improve the health and well-being of California's adolescents.

California Adolescent Health Collaborative Curriculum Development

California Adolescent Health Collaborative will support MISSSEY's project by collaborating on curriculum development and supporting the curriculum implementation at five Bay Area community based organizations.

Connecting Healthcare and Domestic Violence Organizations to Prevent and Address Adolescent Relationship Abuse in California’s Central Valley

The California Adolescent Health Collaborative will facilitate a process between Golden Valley Health Center and Haven Women’s Center to institute a system-wide adolescent relationship abuse intervention in two Central Valley counties, pooling the resources of the area’s largest health providers and domestic violence advocates.



Healthy Relationships and Economic Security for California's Central Valley Youth

This project will support coordination and collaboration between multiple partner organizations in rural Central Valley and urban SF Bay Area to improve healthy relationships skills, job readiness and long-term marriage sustainability and family cohesion in California’s Stanislaus and Merced counties. The target population is students and at-risk youth ages 16-24. The intervention is comprised of three main components: 1) healthy relationships education and skills; 2) youth jobs training and career development; 3) case management and community-centered supportive services.

Partnering with Adolescents to Ready the Newest Engaged Researchers (PARTNER)

The goal of this project is designed to increase adolescent engagement in their healthcare while improving understanding of health issues facing adolescents and their children. Project PARTNER aims to increase engagement amongst adolescents by involving them as respected partners in patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research.

School Health Center Healthy Adolescent Relationships Program

This project brings together expertise from the California School-Based Health Alliance, Futures Without Violence and the University of Pittsburgh Division of Adolescent Medicine (Dr. Liz Miller) to prevent, identify and address adolescent relationship abuse. The intervention's effectiveness is being tested through a cluster-randomized controlled intervention trial led by Miller’s group and CAHC.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project Evaluation

PHI will provide information, resources, and expertise to support the provision of quality health care services to adolescents and increase the capacity of local Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health jurisdictions to improve the health and wellbeing of California's adolescents.

Tobacco Control Policy Leadership Institute

Funds support California Adolescent Health Collaborative staff participation in the Tobacco Control Policy Leadership Institute, which aims to develop leaders who can be successful advocates for tobacco control policies in their communities.

Capacity Building & Training

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Curriculum Development

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Reproductive & Sexual Health

Giving women control over their childbearing and reproductive health gives them control over their lives. Policies and programs that support girls ...

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School-based Efforts

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Violence Prevention

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