Shana Yansen

Shana Yansen

Program Manager
Shana

As a Program Manager for the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), Shana is responsible for designing and implementing HGHI’s global health security and pandemic preparedness programs. Her current initiatives include increasing pandemic risk awareness, educating future leaders, public-private partnership building, and global monitoring and reporting. Shana and colleague Olga Jonas are working with a coalition of academic partners to develop a quantitative and qualitative research framework to track pandemic preparedness over time. Two goals of this project are to increase accountability among key stakeholders and to foster greater investment in health security worldwide. Prior to HGHI, Shana worked for 8 years at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs. As a Senior Program Officer, she managed large-scale public health programs across South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan) and Co-Directed the center’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza Program. She obtained her Masters in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Certificate in Health Communication. She earned a BA with Honors from Stanford University in the Social Sciences. Shana also served in the US Peace Corps in Honduras as a maternal and child health specialist. While serving, she designed and facilitated workshops for midwives and community health volunteers and chaired a national women’s leadership conference for Honduran women. Eight years ago Shana founded a company that created an online marketplace for eco-conscious fashion consumers. The marketplace sold high quality, eco-conscious products made by and for women with one goal to empower women in developing countries through income-generating opportunities. Her business won best new woman-run online business by Volusion in 2011.

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