Jaimi “Mimi” L. Allen, PhD, CHES, is an instructor in epidemiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the College of Public Health. Her research focuses on health disparities, cancer survivorship, health behaviors, and employment outcomes. An Arkansas native, Dr. Allen grew up in a small, rural town. After seeing firsthand the impact rurality and associated factors could have on the health and economy of a community, she decided to pursue an educational field where she could truly make an impact on the health of those around her, especially those with limited resources. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and a Master of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Central Arkansas. She then earned a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis on Population Health from Texas Woman’s University and completed a postdoctoral position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences focusing on cancer disparities and employment outcomes.