Global Health and Social Innovation Researcher in New Orleans, Louisiana
Alessandra Bazzano is an experienced and creative problem-solver in the field of global health, having spent more than 17 years working in low resource communities around the world. Utilizing her expertise on the role of behavior change in health outcomes, she provides technical assistance to organizations like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and serves on technical review panels for the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Alessandra Bazzano is currently co-Principal Investigator on a nutrition study in Ethiopia and is involved in a cluster randomized trial in rural Cambodia. Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and USAID, the study assesses the impact of improved infection control and increased access to health facility care for newborns on morbidity and mortality.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Bazzano has published peer-reviewed articles and technical reports on subjects related to maternal and newborn health, reproductive health, and nutrition. She is currently preparing manuscripts related to formative research on home practices and facility care for women and infants in Takeo Province. In previous publications, Dr. Bazzano focused on topics such as care seeking during labor and delivery, and care practices related to newborns in Ghana, as well as strategies for reducing neonatal mortality in low income countries.
Alessandra Bazzano presently serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans and as a Professor of Social Entrepreneurship. As a member of the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Department, she teaches Community Nutrition and MCH: The Life Course Perspective. She also supervises MPH and PhD students and serves on University committees.