Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Dr. Hengameh "Heggie" Allen

Saint Augustine's University | Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Dr. Hengameh "Heggie" Allen [434] | Faculty Spotlight January 30, 2012

Dr. Heggie Allen is a clinical healthcare, peer-review subject matter expert in nutrition biochemistry, public health, (chronic disease prevention and treatment including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, STD's, and HIV/AIDS), research, scientific writing, and large-scope program implementation.

She serves as the Executive Director and Dean of Center for Allied Health & Health Disparities Institute at Saint Augustine's University. As director and dean, she has developed the academic components of the Allied Health Program, including curriculum and course content in collaboration with other divisions as appropriate, and building the University's capacity in the discipline of the Allied Health Program, Public Health Science, Physician Assistant Studies and other related disciplines.

Dr. Allen is a published author, researcher, teacher, mentor, TV personality and consultant of complex medical cases. She advocates the use of social media as a public health advisor/educator for optimum outreach (Twitter, Face book, Television, Blogs, radio, and others). In addition, she develops content and serves as the educator/spokesperson for hundreds of television broadcasts for chronic disease prevention (weekly, since 2001) for Iranian nationals.

She travels internationally and has collaborated with high level experts including Dr. Nadia Youssef of the Ministry of Health located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has consulted on complex metabolic issues (locally and internationally) and formally presents information and research results at national and international.

As a scientist, she has developed and formulated dietary supplements for diabetes, arthritis, menopause and osteoporosis. These supplements are marketed by Vitasecrets in the Middle East.

She has managed contractor interactions for major distribution companies including Douglas Laboratories and Reliance Vitamin Company and determined methods to effectively navigate through US, UAE Ministry of Health, and Iran's Ministry of Health and other government organizations. The supplement she developed for diabetes was studied at North Carolina State University in collaboration with Duke University Medical Center.