Background and Professional Interests
Ithar Hassaballa is a second year doctoral student in the duel Ph.D. program in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science and Masters of Public Health in the School of Preventative Medicine at KUMC. Ms. Hassaballa is a lifelong Jayhawk, completing her undergraduate at KU in Health Education and African & African American Studies. Ms. Hassaballa’s current contributions to the KU Work Group include providing support, technical assistance, and evaluation to the Together on Diabetes’ Population Health cluster, which include five different vulnerable populations. Another project that Ms. Hassaballa engages in is the capacity-building, technical support, and monitoring of public health efforts for the World Health Organization’s African Region.
Ms. Hassaballa has four interests that drive her work: 1) using applied behavioral methodology as a base to approach socially-significant problems; 2) understanding social determinants of health among vulnerable populations; 3) comprehending and improving conditions around Non-Communicable Diseases (i.e., diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc.); and 4) collaborating with global partners to assure that communities have the “basket of tools” needed to catalyze their community health and development work through the Community Tool Box.