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Hae-Ra Han, PhD, MSN, RN

Associate Dean for Community Programs and Initiatives
Elsie M. Lawler Endowed Chair
Hae-Ra Han
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Care Coordination
  • Chronic Care
  • Community
  • Disparities
  • Equity
  • Health Behavior
  • Public Health
  • Social Determinants of Health


Hae-Ra Han is the associate dean for community programs and initiatives at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Han’s research focuses on improving health care for traditionally underserved ethnic minority populations by improving health literacy. Her transformational 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 promote health equity. Through her work, Dr. Han has helped improve cervical cancer screening among African and Asian immigrant women and women living with HIV, and promote resilience and self-management among patients and families living with common chronic conditions such as dementia, diabetes, and hypertension. Dr. Han has received numerous awards from organizations that include the Urban Health Institute, 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, and the Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Han holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Public School of Health.

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  • Publications/Research

    Hwang DA, Lee A, Song JM, Han HR. Recruitment and Retention Strategies Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Web-Based Intervention Trials: Retrospective Qualitative Analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jul 12;23(7):e23959. doi: 10.2196/23959. PMID: 34255658.

    Han HR, Wu D, Taylor J, Wright R, Abshire M. Consideration of health literacy in implementation science. J Clin Transl Sci. 2021 Apr 8;5(1):e118. doi: 10.1017/cts.2021.775. PMID: 34267945; PMCID: PMC8256314.

    Han HR, Xu A, Mendez KJW, Okoye S, Cudjoe J, Bahouth M, Reese M, Bone L, Dennison-Himmelfarb C. Exploring community engaged research experiences and preferences: a multi-level qualitative investigation. Res Involv Engagem. 2021 Mar 30;7(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s40900-021-00261-6. PMID: 33785074; PMCID: PMC8008581.

    Le TK, Cha L, Han HR, Tseng W. Anti-Asian Xenophobia and Asian American COVID-19 Disparities. Am J Public Health. 2020 Sep;110(9):1371-1373. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305846. PMID: 32783714; PMCID: PMC7427240.

    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. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302987. Epub 2016 Feb 18. PMID: 26890177; PMCID: PMC4785041.

    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. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e3182a3fd46. PMID: 24088621; PMCID: PMC3972381.

    Han HR, Kim J, Kim MT, Kim KB. Measuring health literacy among immigrants with a phonetic primary language: a case of Korean American women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Apr;13(2):253-9. doi: 10.1007/s10903-010-9366-0. PMID: 20585985; PMCID: PMC3010254.

  • Awards/Honors

    2018  International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International

    2018  Isabel Hampton Robb Distinguished Scholar

    2018  Johns Hopkins Provost Discovery Award

    2017  Best Paper of the Year Award, Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health

    2016  Best Poster Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Annual Public Health Forum

    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