U. Tara Hayden, MHSA

Ex-Officio Member

Education Board Chair

U. Tara Hayden

Appointed: November 2016
Term Ending: November 2018
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Ms. Hayden is currently a Deputy/Associate Director in Department of Geriatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she oversees research projects which aim to improve the health and reduce health disparities of the minority older adults.  During her tenure with the University of Pennsylvania, she was the Assistant Director for a National Institutes of Health EXPORT Center for Inner City Health which focused on obesity and obesity-related illnesses where she provided leadership and coordination for the complex Center that included eight cores based in four Penn schools as well as the collaboration with Cheyney University.  She managed a $6 million budget for this first-time Center.  Ms. Hayden has been the Assistant Director and an Associate Director to two health disparities Centers with major community education components and is a co-investigator on two projects where she has developed curriculum for and trains community health workers.  She was one of the Co-Directors of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center which was funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Ms. Hayden is one of the founding members of Philadelphia Area Research Community Coalition, a community academic coalition dedicated to conducting health research and health education beneficial to the communities of West and Southwest Philadelphia. 

Ms. Hayden has extensive experience as a health care administrator and consultant with a special focus on behavioral health and has worked in a variety of health care settings:  hospitals, residential treatment facility, consulting firm and several managed care companies.  She started her career at the Texas Heart Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Ms. Hayden received a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude in psychology and sociology from Brandeis University.

Serving in the leadership of the APHA Community-Based Public Health Caucus since 2010, Ms. Hayden has served as chair-elect, chair and past-chair of the Caucus and the Chair of the Policy Working Group of the CBPH Caucus. Currently, Ms. Hayden serves on the Ralston Center’s Board of Managers as well as the Task Force for Ralston Center’s Age Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.  She serves or has served on several local boards including the SHARE Food Program, Community Advisory Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and the National Adoption Center.  In 2010, she received the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Community Involvement Award.