Center for Health Decision Science
Harvard School of Public Health
Harvard Institute for Global Health
Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, SM is a research manager at the Center for Health Decision Science where she uses her background as an epidemiologist to work on research projects related to cardiovascular disease (CVD). She currently works closely with Dr. Thomas Gaziano, MD, MSc to manage research efforts related to determining cost-effective solutions for screening and management of chronic diseases (with a focus on cardiovascular disease) in the developing world. Currently, she is working on a multi-national research grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and United Health which comprises a network of 11 Centers of Excellence for Chronic Diseases around the globe, and of which Dr. Gaziano is the co-principal investigator for the South African site. She serves as a member of the Community Health Workers Subcommittee in the network, where members focus on articulating the state of task-shifting efforts to CVD in regions and countries served by the network. Additionally, she manages a supplemental trial in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Northern Mexico and South Africa, assessing whether community health workers can effectively screen for CVD in community settings. This work in her home country of South Africa is the focus of her doctoral dissertation.
Shafika received her Masters in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and is currently reading for her dissertation as a DrPH candidate at Boston University School of Public Health.