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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

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Chronic Care
  • Community
  • Community / Public Health
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Disparities
  • Gerontological / Geriatric
  • Gerontology
  • Interprofessional
  • Women's 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

    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.

  • Awards/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