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Alexa Kort
Research Analyst
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
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  • Alexa Kort is a research analyst in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her research interests center around health equity and racial justice. Her work at Urban has focused on affordable and public housing, place-based evaluations, and research to understand and address structural inequities in rural and urban communities.

    Before joining Urban, Kort was a research assistant with the Michigan Farmworker Project at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she used community engaged methods to investigate the housing and working conditions of farmworkers in Michigan and their implications for farmworkers’ health.

    Kort holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and biochemistry from the University of Iowa and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Michigan.

    Research Areas
    Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
    Race and equity
    Health equity
    Social determinants of health
    Fair housing and housing discrimination
    Structural racism
    Housing affordability
    Immigrant children, families, and communities
    Sexual violence
    Maternal, child, and reproductive health
    Trauma-informed approaches

    Outside Affiliations
    University of Michigan
    Team Member for the Michigan Farmworker Project

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