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Keleigh Waldner
Communications Manager / Research Associate II

Keleigh Waldner, M.A. is a Research Associate II and Communications Coordinator for the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.  She began working with PHIWM in 2014.  Keleigh coordinates and conducts evaluation and assessment activities for a variety of research and evaluation projects, and she is the research coordinator for the R.O.A.D.S. study (Research on Active Design in Springfield).  She has coordinated the administration of population-based youth health surveys in Springfield, MA (Youth Health Survey, Youth Risk Behavior Survey) since 2015.  She is also currently working on a Health Impact Assessment aimed at expanding access to affordable housing for older adults with previous criminal legal system involvement.  Keleigh began working on communication activities when the pandemic started, and in July 2020, she became Communications Coordinator.  She supports the Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard as well as many other communication activities.  Prior to joining PHIWM, Keleigh worked in housing and community development, both in a non-profit and municipal setting.  Keleigh holds a master’s degree in Community Development and Planning, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.  Keleigh loves to learn new things and is working on growing her data visualization skills. Keleigh is pronounced like “Kelly”.