Meet Our Team

Ithar Hassaballa, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Senior Analyst & Strategy Team Leader

Ithar Hassaballa, Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Analyst & Strategy Team Leader, directs our work related to population health. She leads a team that assists policymakers, stakeholders and communities with advancing evidence-based and equitable policies and programs that aim to improve the determinants of health and ultimately improve health outcomes.

Prior to joining KHI, Ithar was at the University of Kansas Medical Center where she was Evaluation Project Manager for the Communities Organizing to Promote Equity (COPE) Project, which focused on health equity and COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and infrastructure building among historically excluded populations. In that role, she supported 60 community health workers across Kansas in documentation of their efforts related to client services, events and partnership development. She also was Assistant Director & Research Project Director at the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research, and Research Project Manager at the University of Kansas Center for Community Health & Development (CCHD). As part of CCHD, Ithar led the evaluation of the Ebola response effort in partnership with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa. Further, as part of CCHD, Ithar led the Together Helping Reduce Youth Violence for Equity (ThrYve) Youth Violence Prevention Program in Kansas City. She also was Assistant Professor of Community Psychology at the American University in Cairo, New Cairo, Egypt, where she taught community psychology and worked with local organizations to evaluate their efforts and assist with their poverty-related work.

Ithar serves as the president of the Mid America Alliance for African Studies, a group for researchers and practitioners within nine midwestern states that works to improve the conditions of communities within the African region and globally.

Ithar earned a bachelor’s degree in community health, a master’s degree in applied behavioral science, a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in behavioral psychology with an emphasis in community health and development from the University of Kansas.