Ms. Ravi is a Senior Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Visiting Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Health Security (formerly Biosecurity and Bioterrorism) and Editor of Preparedness Pulsepoints, a weekly news brief covering federal action in health security. Her primary research interests include global health systems, infectious disease emergencies, responses to humanitarian crises, and the intersections between health, security, and human rights.
Ms. Ravi’s work focuses on understanding and improving public health and healthcare responses to a range of threats. She is involved with Center projects examining state and local preparedness, including an effort studying the roles of healthcare coalitions in enhancing emergency preparedness and another exploring risk communication challenges around emergency medical countermeasure distribution. Ms. Ravi has also written on public health preparedness in nuclear emergency planning zones in the United States, legal mechanisms for compensating victims of nuclear disasters, and the response and recovery challenges associated with catastrophes resulting in mass population displacement.
Ms. Ravi’s work has also addressed the health security implications of emerging technologies. She has led research on the roles of mobile technology in emergency healthcare delivery, as well as potential applications of telemedicine in pandemic response. Additionally, she helped lead an evaluation of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s efforts to address the societal impacts of synthetic biology practice. Ms. Ravi is a Fellow in the 2015 class of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program.
Ms. Ravi has also contributed to a number of the Center’s globally focused efforts. Between 2014 and 2016, she helped plan the first ever strategic dialogues on biosecurity policy between the United States and partners in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India. In addition, she has conducted independent research on the sociocultural dimensions of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, connections between health threats and development challenges, and the impacts of conflict and violence on global healthcare delivery.
In 2013, Ms. Ravi received a master of public health degree in infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice from the University of Pittsburgh, where her thesis explored the dynamics of blood product management during public health emergencies. She also contributed to research on nosocomial infections and public health education initiatives in Pittsburgh and served as a Global Impact Fellow with Unite for Sight in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, delivering basic eye care to underserved regions. Ms. Ravi earned a BA in biology from Saint Louis University in 2011.
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