Megan Sandel

Healthy Communities Fellow

Megan Sandel, MD MPH, is Associate Director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center (BMC), Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Sandel is serving as CLF’s inaugural Healthy Communities Fellow. In this capacity, she is working to strengthen partnerships between healthcare, environmental and community-based organizations and promote investments in healthy neighborhoods.  

She is the former pediatric medical director of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and is a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health. In 1998, she published the DOC4Kids report with other doctors at BMC. This national report – the first of its kind – examined how housing affects child health. Over the course of her career, Dr. Sandel has written numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles on this subject.

In 2001, she became the first medical director of the founding site for medical-legal partnerships, Medical-Legal Partnership-Boston, and, from 2007–2016, she served as the Medical Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

She served as Principal Investigator for numerous NIH, HUD and foundation grants, working with the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to improve the health of vulnerable children, particularly those with asthma. She has served on national boards, including Enterprise Community Partners, and national advisory committees at American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.


Recent Posts

Why COVID-19 Is Hitting Some Communities Harder
Written by Reann Gibson and Saritha Ramakrishna COVID-19’s unequal impact on our communities has laid bare stark realities about health, wealth, and housing. When the pandemic began, the news and social media flooded with images and stories of people retreating indoors. Lives became centered on screens serving as intermediaries between friends, family members, and co-workers.…
5 Questions for Alyssa Irizarry of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
In 2019, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs presented the Healthy Whale, Healthy Ocean Challenge, in partnership with CLF. Students of all ages from across New England created art, poetry, and film to raise awareness of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. We sat down with Senior Vice President Alyssa Irizarry to learn more about…


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