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.