Smisha Agarwal

Director (Center for Global Digital Health Innovation); Associate Professor (JHSPH)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2023 Leadership Journey Project: Digital Colonialism In Healthcare
Dr. Smisha Agarwal is the Executive Director of the Center for Global Digital Health Innovation at Johns Hopkins University, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Agarwal studies how to improve maternal and newborn health in low-income settings through strengthening community health systems and leveraging innovative technology solutions including digital devices. She uses technology, including mobile devices and social media to develop, test and deliver evidence-based interventions to strengthen primary health care services. This has included the development of point-of-care digital clinical decision support tools used by community health workers and other health care providers, and patient-focused SMS-based health behavior change interventions, and conversational agents (“chatbots”) that use natural language processing to communicate with users. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Open Digital Health journal.
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