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Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Hae-Ra Han
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As a community health researcher, Dr. Hae-Ra Han works to reduce health disparities by implementing and evaluating community outreach programs in cancer control and cardiovascular health promotion for ethnic minorities. One of the first researchers funded through the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Collaborative Intervention Research, she has served as a principal investigator of federally-funded research focused on cancer control among Korean women and as a co-investigator and consultant on other investigations concerning smoking cessation, diabetes, and health literacy among minorities. She currently is piloting community nurse and health worker training to improve health services and quality of life for Korean Americans with chronic hypertension and diabetes. In recognition of her work, Dr. Han has received awards from the Southern Nursing Research Society and the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, and acclaim for outstanding community service from both the League of Korean Americans-Maryland and U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md). In 2007, Dr. Han received the Best Published Paper Award from the American Public Health Association/Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for her article pertaining to health promotion and recruitment barriers among minority populations.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Community-based participatory research; health disparities; cancer control; cardiovascular risk reduction; chronic disease management; minority and immigrant health; cross-cultural instrumentation.
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  • Publications

    Kim K, Choi JS, Choi E, Nieman CL, Joo JH, Lin FR, Gitlin LN, Han HR. "Effects of Community-Based Health Worker Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Management and Care Among Vulnerable Populations: A Systematic Review." Am J Public Health. 2016 Apr;106(4):e3-e28.

    Schuster AL, Frick KD, Huh BY, Kim KB, Kim M, Han HR. "Economic evaluation of a community health worker-led health literacy intervention to promote cancer screening among Korean American women." J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May;26(2):431-40.

    Han HR, Lee H, Commodore-Mensah Y, Kim M. "Development and validation of the Hypertension Self-care Profile: a practical tool to measure hypertension self-care." J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2014 May-Jun;29(3):E11-20.

    Han HR, Huh B, Kim MT, Kim J, Nguyen T. "Development and validation of the assessment of health literacy in breast and cervical cancer screening." J Health Commun. 2014;19 Suppl 2:267-84.

    Han HR, Park SY, Song H, Kim M, Kim KB, Lee HB. "Feasibility and validity of dementia assessment by trained community health workers based on Clinical Dementia Rating." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jul;61(7):1141-5.

  • Research
    • Health literacy
    • Community health workers
    • Health disparities
    • Vulnerable populations
    • Common chronic conditions
  • Awards and Honors

    2011 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

    2007 Best Published Paper Award, American Public Health Association—Asian American and Pacific Islander Health Caucus

    2007 Fellow, National Institutes of Health Minority Research Program, Washington, DC

    2006 Outstanding Community Service Award, League of Korean Americans, Maryland

    2006 Citation for Outstanding Community Service, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Maryland

    2005 Mentor Award, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations

    2003 Community Participatory Research Award, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

    2001 D. Jean Wood Nursing Research Award, Southern Nursing Research Society

    2001 Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Beta Chapter