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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 manage JH-IIRU’s capacity building portfolio and lead all training and capacity development projects, aimed at building sustainable capacity in low- and middle-income countries to address the global burden of injuries and disability. In this role, I manage curriculum and content development, and plan the delivery of all 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 global road safety policies in low-resource settings, 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 and leadership training to improve policy compliance and strengthen health systems in low-resource settings.
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.
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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