Chalanda EvansMPH
Assistant Director of Health Equity

Chalanda Evans serves as the assistant director of health equity at the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health. In this role, she provides operational leadership for the Accelerate Health Equity Group (AHEG). AHEG is a collaborative effort led by the Center for Digital Health and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics that seeks to improve health equity in the Philadelphia region.

Chalanda is passionate about psychology, health disparities, and understanding health behaviors to optimize medical care. Before joining the team, she worked as a senior project manager with the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. In that role, she managed a portfolio of health system-based projects that utilized behavioral economics to improve patient outcomes and medical decision-making. Sample work included using nudges and machine learning to increase serious illness conversations, improving inpatient hepatitis C screening using EHR defaults, and implementing a saliva-based COVID-19 screening program. Prior to that, Chalanda worked with the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on research studies with patients with breast cancer and BRCA 1/2 mutations involving translational genomics, risk communication, and health disparities. 

Chalanda received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Pennsylvania and earned dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.