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 context, culture, equity, and human connection. Through a concurrent appointment at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, their 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, along with behavioral science approaches for infant feeding and other key practices. Issues related to 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 how equity centered design can improve community engagement in COVID19 research prioritization, the effect of yoga and mindfulness on child mental and social emotional health outcomes, and telehealth and other care management experiences for people with diabetes. In addition, Dr. Bazzano works alongside colleagues in Nigeria, Cambodia, & Ethiopia on MCH & nutrition interventions and evaluation, and partners twith community organizations and public health professionals globally for training.
Bazzano, Alessandra Nina; (2006) Reducing neonatal mortality in rural Ghana: understanding current newborn care practices and their cultural context. PhD thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Supervisor: Professor Betty Kirkwood. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17037/PUBS.00682352
Please see Dr. Bazzano's publications at PubMed NCBI profile page, and visit her Google Scholar 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