Ali Danch is a Research Associate at the Early Childhood Center at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University.
Ali moved to Bloomington from Berkeley, CA, where she got dual Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Social Welfare. Academically she has focused on perinatal health disparities and health and social behavior. While in the Bay Area, Ali became deeply invested in community-based participatory research and implementation sciences that impact population level health and health equity. She believes that communities are the best experts on their own strengths and challenges, and have some of the best insight into how to develop and empower community individuals. She is both a birth and postpartum Doula, and was trained at the Infant-Parent Program as a therapist in dyadic psychotherapy models. Internationally, she has researched trends in maternal health care in Southern Mexico, focusing on the benefits of woman-centered and family-centered care. She is interested in using these diverse experiences to inform systems-level change and multi-sector quality improvement.
In joining the Early Childhood Center at the Indiana Institute, Ali is particularly interested in exploring disparities in Early Intervention service utilization and child and family outcomes by looking at population-level trends and through multi-sector partnership with Indiana’s families and specialists. She is excited to work on a team that is continuously improving access to, and the quality of, First Steps service delivery in Indiana.