Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN
Hae-Ra Han’s multidisciplinary team research is focused on innovative intervention and methodological approaches to improve care and outcomes for traditionally underserved ethnic minority populations by improving health literacy. Her program of research has advanced thinking from the traditional paradigm of knowledge transfer from provider to patients to developing skills of patients to traverse the landscape of health screening and patient self-care to reduce health disparities. In particular, Dr. Han has developed and tested health literacy interventions delivered by trained community health workers that have contributed to reducing health disparities in chronic care. In recognition of her work, Dr. Han has received numerous awards from organizations that include the Southern Nursing Research Society, the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, the American Public Health Association, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, the League of Korean Americans, and Certificate of Congressional Recognition from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestMinority and immigrant health; health literacy; health disparities; non-communicable diseases; measurement
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.
- 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