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Research Associate
Hanaa Ahsan

Departmental Affiliations

Health Systems

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E8008

Research Interests

Leadership; Capacity building; Knowledge translation; Policy compliance; Policy enforcement; Injury prevention; Road safety; Health systems; LMICs

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of Toronto

I coordinate JH-IIRU's training and capacity development programs, aimed at building sustainable capacity in low- and middle-income countries to address the global burden of injuries and disability. In this role, I support content development, and plan the delivery of leadership courses and training programs, including the Global Road Safety Leadership Courses (GRSLC) and the Global Rehabilitation Leadership Institute (GRLI).

My research work focuses on assessing compliance with road safety policies in LMICs, as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) project.

I hold a particular interest in understanding public health policy implementation, compliance and enforcement, and how to utilize capacity development to support the development and implementation of interventions which strengthen health systems in LMICs.

Honors & Awards

Master’s Tuition Scholarship. 2019-2020. Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD, USA.

Dr. Carolyn Bennett Scholarship. 2016. University College, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON, Canada.

European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Award for International Understanding. 2012. The European Council of International Schools. London, U.K.

Select Publications

Most recent publications

  • Ahsan H, Hoe C, Aslam F, Wright K, Cohen J, Kennedy RD. (2022). Compliance with smoke-free policies at indoor and outdoor public venues: an observational study in Karachi, Pakistan. East Mediterr Health J. doi: 10.26719/emhj.22.005.

  • Ataullahjan A, Ahsan H, Soofi S, Habib MA, Bhutta ZA. (2021). Eradicating Polio in Pakistan: A systematic review of programs and policies. Expert Rev. Vaccines. doi: 10.1080/14760584.2021.1915139.

  • Hoe C, Ahsan H, Ning X, Wang X, Li D, Wright K, Kennedy RD. (2021). Enforcement agencies and smoke-free policy compliance: An observational study in Qingdao, China. Tob. Induc. Dis. doi: 10.18332/tid/133635.

  • Clarke ABM, Ahsan H, Harrington J, & Mahmud FH. (2020). Assessing Allied Healthcare Professional Time in Type 1 Diabetes: Associations with Clinical Factors, Technology and Social Determinants. Can. J. Diabetes. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2019.11.004