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DHDI Digital Community Health Collab

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What We Do

DHDI works closely with civil society and academic partners to push the boundaries of how we conceptualize technology in low-resource settings.

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Disrupting Digital Health Assumptions

We conduct research to better understand how maturing digital landscapes are reshaping health decision-making in communities experiencing extreme poverty.

Localizing Digital Health Data Governance

We work in close partnership with local civil society to support safe, ethical data systems development that are women-centered.

Democratizing Actionable Science for A Climate Health Crisis

We employ emerging science from behavioral health, epigenetics and epidemiology domains to account for survival tradeoffs being made outside the clinic walls.

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The DHDI Leadership Team

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Reem Abbasi

Senior Nutrition Security Fellow

Reem Abbasi is a public health nutritionist with expertise in human nutrition, epidemiology & public health. She holds a B.A. degree in Public Health Nutrition from Al-Quds University and an MPH from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Abbasi has experience working in clinical settings, school health, and with the Institute of Public Health at Birzeit University, where her research work revolves around digital nutrition strategies to prevent non-communicable diseases and promote health and well-being within communities.

Sonia Navani

Founder & Director

Sonia Navani, DrPH, MPH is a global health scientist working at the intersection of digital epidemiology, bioethics & reproductive health. She has 20 years of research & technical assistance experience in humanitarian & development settings with socially marginalized communities. Since 2012, Dr. Navani has focused on integrating technology to improve women's physical & mental health outcomes in low-resource settings. She has worked with the International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, Columbia University's RAISE Initiative, and local partners in over 15 countries in Africa, Asia & the Middle East. Currently, Navani directs the DHDI team and holds an adjunct research position at Columbia University.

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How We Work

We work as a nimble, virtual network of global staff, field collaborators, academic partners & individual volunteers. This enables us to keep overheads low and maintain our primary focus on solving big problems with our community collaborators.

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