Hannah Getachew-Smith, MPH, CHES

Project Evaluator | Public Health Team
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Hannah  Getachew-Smith, MPH, CHES

Hannah Getachew-Smith, MPH, CHES is the Act Early/COVID-19 Project Evaluator for AUCD's Public Health Team. She is conducting evaluation activities for the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." initiative response to COVID-19.

Hannah has worked in public health for more than 10 years at the federal, state, and local levels in both the public and private sectors. She spent 4 years on the Research and Evaluation team in the Prevention Communication Branch within the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC where she conducted research to develop and evaluate national health communication campaigns and partnership initiatives under the "Let's Stop HIV Together" umbrella. She has also conducted research on developmental delays and disabilities, HIV surveillance, maternal and child health, and cancer prevention.

Hannah holds an MPH in behavioral sciences and health education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She is currently a doctoral candidate and presidential fellow in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the evaluation of digital behavior change interventions to promote healthy behaviors and address health disparities, specifically disparities that exist in developmental delays among children.

Areas of interest:

  • Early childhood development
  • Health equity
  • Health communication
  • Health behavior change