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Luke Allen



  • Global Primary Care & Future Health Systems

Luke is a family doctor and global health advisor working at the interface of research, policy and practice. He has worked with the WHO, World Bank, UNICEF, G7, NHS England, and UK Health Security Agency and studied at Bristol, Oxford, Harvard, MIT, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

He has over 100 publications and has led numerous international mixed-methods projects to study and reform health systems around the world, focusing on strengthening primary care systems and noncommunicable diseases. He has worked with more than 20 different ministries of health and finance, and his findings and recommendations have influenced international health policy, led to new laws being passed, and have been cited in UN and WHO resolutions. He has led a number of national health system assessments for the WHO and World Bank.

Luke led the WHO Primary Health Care primer chapter on 'PHC-oriented Models of Care' and co-authored the chapter on PHC definitions and frameworks. He contributed to the Astana Declaration on PHC background documents, including the 'Vision for PHC in the 21st Century', the 'PHC Operational Framework', and the 'PHC Measurement Framework and Indicators'. He regularly supports the WHO PHC Special Programme and the WHO Europe PHC office as an advisor. 

Luke is an editorial board member at the British Journal of General Practice and a board member of the RCGP Thames valley faculty. He is the international lead for the Faculty of Public Health special interest group on public health and primary care.

Luke's work is driven by passion for equity and social justice. He has lobbied elected representatives locally, at the Houses of Parliament, the European Parliament, and at the US Senate and Congress. His writing has been featured in the the Times, the Independent, the Wall Street Journal, the New Scientist, the Financial Times, and the Economist. He has discussed global health issues on BBC News, China Global TV, and Radio 4.

Within the Department, Luke co-directs the Global Primary Care and Future Health Systems team with prof Michael Kidd. His current work focuses on reforming models of care to promote equitable access to community-based services. 

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