Shana Yansen

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 programming. Her current initiatives include increasing pandemic risk awareness, educating future leaders, public-private partnership building, global monitoring and reporting, and biosecurity and global health. Shana is also working closely with the HGHI’s Climate and Health team to examine research and policy intersections between climate change and infectious disease risks, including those of pandemic potential. HGHI is university-wide institute focused on tackling the world’s most pressing challenges in health from the standpoint of medicine, law, policy, business, design, and public health.

Prior to HGHI, Shana spent 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, and Co-Directed the center’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza Program. She obtained her Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and served in the US Peace Corps in Honduras. As a maternal and child health specialist in Honduras, she designed and facilitated workshops for midwives and community health volunteers and organized a national women’s leadership conference for Honduran women. Eight years ago Shana founded a company that sourced eco-conscious and ethical products made by and for women. One goal of the company was to provide income generating opportunities for women in developing countries while establishing a global marketplace for eco-conscious and ethical consumers.