Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, is vice president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She leads the organization’s government relations and regulatory affairs, community relations and community benefit investment, clinical research activities, stakeholder engagement, communications, and advertising and marketing functions.
Dr. Allen-Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and after 25 years, transitioned from a physician leader to Kaiser Permanente’s Health Plan Leadership team. Her past roles at Kaiser Permanente included associate medical director of external relationsfor the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, regional director of patient safety, and physician chief of the Wheat Ridge Medical Offices. Dr. Allen-Davis was elected to the Colorado Permanente Medical Group Board of Directors in 1998 and chaired the board in her final year.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Allen-Davis completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Before coming to work at Kaiser Permanente, she was an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and spent four years in the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Ariz., during which time she also served as member and chair of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists’Committee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs.
Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant on several community boards, including having served in board chair roles. She currently serves on the boards of The Denver Botanic Gardens, The Denver Foundation, Colorado Association of Funders Board of Directors, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Mile High United Way, National Jewish Health and Grantmakers in Health. In 2017, she was appointed as Board Chair of Grantmakers in Health, a national organization focused on assisting funders who are actively involved in supporting health funders across the nation. She is past chair of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Allen-Davis served on the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners from 2003–2011 and served as president of the board from 2009–2011. She was the American Heart Association’s 2015 Chair for the Go Red for Women Campaign.
Dr. Allen-Davis is the proud recipient of the 2016 Corporate Citizen of the Year from the Colorado Black Health Collaborative, 2015 Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Excellence in Community Service Award, the 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado from the Colorado Women’s Chamber in 2013, the 2013 Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Women Making History Award, the 2013 Metro Volunteers Community Impact Award, the 2012 Outstanding Women in Business in Health Care from the Denver Business Journal, and is a member of the 2012 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction inductees. She was named 2000 Kaiser Permanente Physician Volunteer of the Year and a “Top Doc” by 5280 Magazine for several years. In 2002, Dr. Allen-Davis won first place in the Professional Category of the “On My Own Time” art show from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
In her spare time, Dr. Allen-Davis is a fiber artist creating original, hand-painted quilts and fiber vessels. In addition, she enjoys staying physically active through a variety of outdoor sports.
Dr. Allen-Davis believes health care will improve when all the primary stakeholder groups — clinicians, patients, elected officials, community leaders, and employers — can collaborate effectively to put the patient at the center. “My vision is for Kaiser Permanente to be our community’s most valuable partner in health. We want to support dialogue and collaboration to help our patients, our people, and Colorado thrive,” she said.