Heather Alker

Assistant Professor
UMass Medical School Worcester
A3-143 Benedict Building UMMS, 55 Lake Ave N., Worcester


  • MD
  • MPH

Areas of Specialization: 

Epidemiology Maternal/Child Health

Research Description: 

I perform public health surveillance on infant mortality in Worcester. As the statistician for the Healthy Baby Collaborative group, I perform chart reviews and review infant and fetal death certificates in central Massachusetts. I interpret data, follow trends, and provide information to the collaborative.

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Key Publications: 

  • Alker H, Wang ML, Pbert L, Thorsen N, Lemon SC. Impact of Faculty and Staff Health on Work Productivity in Secondary Schools in Massachusetts. J Sch Health. 2015. Jun:85(6):398-404.
  • Turcotte DA, Alker H, Chaves E, Gore R, Woskie S. Healthy Homes: In-Home Environmental Asthma Intervention in a Diverse Urban Community. Am J Public Health. 2014. Apr;104(4):665-671.
  • Alker, H and Fitzsimmons, K. On-the-job exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in Massachusetts. Sensor Lung Disease Bulletin: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA. Fall 2013.
  • Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin (Mass.gov)