Current Scholar

Ans Irfan

DrPH Student, Environmental and Occupational Health
Ans Irfan
Academic Institution: George Washington University Location: Washington, District of Columbia Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Education, Environmental Justice, Healthcare Access, Healthcare Quality, Leadership Development, Public Policy, Public, Population, and Community Health, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Foster Youth and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Homeless, Immigrants and Refugees, Incarcerated or Formally Incarcerated Populations, LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Men's Health, Migrant Workers, Military/Veterans, Native/Tribal/Indigenous Peoples, Older Adults (65+ years), Pacific Islanders, People Living with HIV/AIDS, People with Addictions, People with Disabilities, Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories, Rural Communities, Urban Communities, Victims of Crime, Women's Health, Young Children (0-5 years)

Each year, thousands of workers die on the job, and those workers disproportionately come from low-income and marginalized communities. We, as a society, ought to do better. The location and type of one’s work should not determine one’s quality of life or lifespan. Work has been a known, fundamental social determinant of health in public health sciences and beyond; yet, the field of occupational health has largely been siloed. Ans’s research is focused on the operationalization of “work” as a social determinant of health, particularly at the intersection of climate change and occupational health equity. The essence of his interdisciplinary research is the exploration of occupational health through an equity lens by collaborating with academic researchers and the private sector. Ans aims to explore and identify sensitive indicators of worker safety at the macro, meso, and micro level to bring about much-needed change for a safer world.

As a recent immigrant to the U.S., and having lived in three different sociocultural geographies, Ans brings a unique perspective to health policy. Trained as a physician, he left clinical medicine after being smitten by public health and health policy. He aims to leverage his knowledge and experiences to steer the field of public health toward translation of evidence.

Advancing Culture of Health & Health Systems Strengthening through Climate Adaptive Social Entrepreneurship: Social Impact Case Study for Climate Competent Care

The Climate Crisis is an existential threat that exacerbates social, racial, and health inequities across the globe. There is an urgent need for climate adaptation of our world, including health systems, by leveraging multidisciplinary tools to offer integrative, innovative solutions. This project operationalized the World Health Organization’s Operational Framework for Building Climate Resilient Health Systems to develop, implement, and evaluate a global program – Climate & Health Equity Practice Fellowship – focused on training physicians, representing and serving historically marginalized communities, in the Global South as climate medicine leaders.


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