Allison Bovell-Ammon, M.Div

Allison Bovell-Ammon, M.Div

Director of Policy and Communications

Email: allison.bovell-ammon(at)
Tel: (617) 414-3580

Allison Bovell-Ammon is the Director of Policy and Communications. In this role, Allison leads federal policy work of Children’s HealthWatch as well as health care systems integration of housing and food advocacy locally and nationally. She works closely with the Executive Council, Executive Director, and other staff to develop Children’s HealthWatch policy priorities, lead advocacy and communications strategies and grow and develop federal legislative and national relationships for maximizing the impact of Children’s HealthWatch to inform policies that improve child and family health. In coordination with the Leadership Team and the Engagement, Equity & Inclusion Associate, Allison develops and leads policy engagement for Advisory Board members to advance the mission of the organization. In addition to policy work, Allison works on multiple projects addressing housing instability among patients and families at Boston Medical Center. She co-leads, with Dr. Sandel, Housing Prescriptions as Health Care for Families, an innovative project connecting high-health care utilizing families experiencing housing instability with services tailored to improve housing stability and health. She also coordinates the Metro Housing Boston co-location site at Boston Medical Center and facilitates partner relationships for Housing Prescriptions as Health Care for Medically Complex Adults.

Allison is currently the co-chair of the Boston/Quincy Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.

Previously, Allison was the Boston-Site Coordinator for Children’s HealthWatch where she supervised data collection in the Boston Medical Center Emergency Department before transitioning to the Headquarters team as the Research, Policy and Communications Coordinator. In that role, she coordinated the Healthy Families EITC Coalition and was the primary liaison for Witnesses to Hunger.

Before joining Children’s HealthWatch, Allison worked with Drs. Frank and Rose-Jacobs’ on the Primary Care Enrichment Program (PEP) research study at Boston University, which is a longitudinal study that explores the effects of in-utero substance exposure on the development of children. Allison has previously worked and volunteered with several direct-service non-profit organizations.

Allison received her BA magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College and Master of Divinity summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology.