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Abigail H. Neel, MSPH

  • Research Associate

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



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MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2018
BA, Whitman College, 2012


Stemming from my background in political science, my research focuses on how interactions between politics and public health affect the design and implementation of programs and policies. I have a broad interest in building the systems necessary to sustainably deliver evidence-based interventions to vulnerable populations.

My current research is focused on synthesizing the knowledge gained from the global effort to eradicate polio across a variety of both qualitative and quantitative data streams and promoting the application of relevant lessons to other public health programs. Under my current role, I have led activities across the spectrum of research processes, including protocol design, instrument development, data collection, analysis and synthesis. Specifically, I have managed a review of implementation strategies utilized in polio eradication and co-managed the design and conduct of research to understand how vertical programs have either developed or distorted existing health systems in 7 distinct country contexts.

I enjoy working with multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural teams to find creative solutions to complex health problems. I am committed to the ethical production and translation of knowledge to improve the lives of those in need.

Honors and Awards

Program in Applied Vaccine Experiences, Gavi, 2016

Certificate in Evaluation of International Health Programs, 2017

  • Health Systems Research
  • Implementation Science
  • Health Policy
  • Evaluation
  • Immunization
  • Maternal and Child Health

The following publications are either accepted/in-press or under preparation:

  • Alonge O, Neel AH, Kalbarcyk A, Peters MA, Mahendradhata Y, Sarker M, et al. Synthesis and translation of research and innovations from polio eradication (STRIPE): Initial findings from a global mixed methods study. BMC Public Health. 2020.
  • Deressa W, Kayembe P, Neel AH, et al. Sustaining Success: Analysis of challenges and strategies for polio eradication in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. BMC Public Health. 2020
  • Neel AH, Rodriguez D, Alonge O. The Effects of Polio Eradication Efforts on Health Systems: A Cross-Country Analysis using the Develop-Distort Dilemma Framework.
  • Neel AH, Olateju A, Oke R, Peters M, Alonge O. Meta-analysis of implementation strategies used in polio eradication