Health economist with demonstrated experience in costing, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness studies, health financing, modeling, and health policy research in the United States as well as in several developing countries. Recognized ability to work in foreign environments and building partnerships. Proven ability to work under pressure and time constraints. Strong analytical and leadership skills, and established strong management capacity. Proficiency in SPSS, STATA, SAS, and Epi-Info programs.
Yara Halasa, DDS, MS, has been working in health policy and economic analyses of health and health-related projects both in the United States and internationally for the last decade. She has a medical background as well as two master’s degrees, one in health economics and the other in health policy. Dr. Halasa is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She started her career working on multiple US AID-funded projects in the Middle East. Her work involved implementing national household surveys, public facility surveys and interviews with public officials in both Jordan and Yemen. Additionally she worked as a consultant for both the League of Arab States and the Regional Office of the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization where she focused her research on equity and financing of health care services. Since 2007, she has been working as a research associate at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy. A major component of her work involved developing, administrating and analyzing interviews with public officials and household surveys. Dr. Halasa is the co-investigator on several projects including a project funded by the USDA, which focus on the economic evaluation of an area-wide integrated pest management program in New Jersey. During this project, she conducted willingness-to-pay and quality-of-life interviews, in addition to four household attitude and behavior surveys. Additionally, she conducted on-site interviews with public officials to document their roles and level of effort, to estimate the cost associated with that project. Dr. Halasa is currently working on the following studies: The impact and value of Joint Commission International's hospital accreditation program; the cost of dengue in Puerto Rico; and the global burden of Dengue with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation; and the economic burden of dengue in India and the Philippines
Brandeis University, M.S.
Bocconi University, M.S.
University of Aleppo, BDSc
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