PhD, Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MPH, International Health and Nutrition, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
BA, International Relations, University of California at Santa Barbara
Alessandra Bazzano studies behavior and health over the life course, focusing on maternal, newborn, and child health & nutrition in low income populations, with an emphasis on cultural and social factors that impact outcomes in the community setting. Through a concurrent appointment at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, her scholarship explores human centered design approaches to health research. Dr. Bazzano's expertise, gained through two decades of work in international and domestic public health, includes developing and evaluating complex health interventions, design thinking, applied anthropology, qualitative methods, and formative research. Nutrition, and its relationship to chronic disease, is a key part of this work, specifically community-based nutrition programming for women and young children, along with behavioral science approaches for breastfeeding and other key practices. Issues related to women's reproductive and sexual health, and access to respectful and high quality care, form another line of inquiry. Dr. Bazzano applies an interdisciplinary lens to health, informed by collaborations across professional boundaries. In the New Orleans area, current work involves studying the effect of yoga and mindfulness on child health outcomes, and understanding experiences of older people with diabetes interacting with health systems in a natural experiement study of chronic care management. In addition, Dr. Bazzano works alongside colleagues in Nigeria, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and other international settings on MCH & nutrition interventions, and conducts participatory training with community organizations and future health professionals.
Childbirth and lactation education, doula services, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and social justice.
Please see Dr. Bazzano's publications at this PubMed NCBI profile page.
Book chapter: Design for Global Health. In: Design for Health. 1 ed. Sasangohar F, Sethumadhavan A, editors. London: Elsevier, Academic Press; 2020. Chapter 16; p.323-340.
Houston Chronicle article on Mindfulness
Documentary on Yoga in Schools
Mindfulness in schools: Happiness Classes
Yoga and mindfulness in elementary school study
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