Taylor Simmons, MPH
Taylor Simmons coordinates projects and provides administrative support for the HMA Denver office. Specializing in reproductive, maternal and behavioral health, Taylor employs both qualitative and quantitative research methods to identify social determinants of health and advance public health initiatives. She is accomplished in grant writing, transforming data into visuals, conducting key informant interviews, and leading focus groups.
Prior to joining HMA, Taylor worked with United Nations Population Fund Palestine (UNFPA) where she wrote a case study and in-depth literature review on social and cultural challenges faced by young Palestinians in East Jerusalem. She conducted three focus groups to determine the most pressing health and social issues for men and women ages 15 to 25. Additionally, she developed graphs and charts for local community partners on UNFPA-supported youth activities in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
As an intern with Himalayan HealthCare, Taylor evaluated public health programs in Nepal. She surveyed three rural village populations around common sanitation and hygiene practices, including the evaluation of latrine and efficient cook stove usage using quantitative survey methods. Taylor co-led women empowerment meetings with Nepalese women on reproductive health and safe sex practices.
With Rights for All People and the Aurora Human Rights Center, Taylor analyzed state and national policies on immigration topics to produce policy memos. She organized voter registration drives at local community events and composed monthly newsletters for organization members.
Taylor earned her Master of Public Health, with a focus on social determinants of health, and a certificate in global health from Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
When she is not at work, Taylor enjoys playing and watching soccer, traveling the world, and hanging out with her two dogs.