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My research work is situated at the intersections of health equity, social determinants of health, environmental justice and community development - with a focus on understanding the lived experiences of people who face social barriers to health and well-being. I have worked at several research institutions including Public Health Ontario, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), the Wellesley Institute, Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital.

Selected Publications

  • Hassen, N., Lofters, A., Michael, S., Mall, A., Pinto, A. and Rackal, J. (2021). Implementing Anti-Racism Interventions in Healthcare Settings: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6). Free access at https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/6/2993/htm
  • Pinto, A., Hassen, N. & Craig-Neil, A. (2018). Employment interventions for patients in health care settings: A systematic review and synthesis. Annals of Family Medicine, 16(5), 447-460.
  • Hassen, N, Tyler, I & Manson, H. (2017) Influence of revised public health standards on health equity action: a qualitative study in Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Equity in Health, 16:187-198
  • Hassen, N & Kaufman, P. (2016). Examining the role of urban street design in enhancing community engagement: A literature review. Health & Place, 41, 119-132.

Selected Reports + Papers

Selected Presentations

  • Hassen, N. (2021, February 21). "Improving social connections in our communities through the built environment." Keynote delivered at Fit Cities Fit Towns Canada Conference. Housing for Health, University of Alberta.
  • Hassen, N. (2020, November 25). Deepening the conservation conversation: Exploring the connection between biodiversity, wellbeing and inclusion. Park People Webinar Series: 7 Questions: The Future of Parks and Public Spaces.
  • Hassen, N., (2020, October 8). Park Prescriptions: Examining the Link between Urban Green Space and Mental Health and Well-being. Paper presentation at Coming
    Together for Action Conference, Global Alliance for Behavioural Health and Social Justice. (virtual conference)
  • Hassen, N., Knights, C., Lofters, A. & Rackal, J. (2020, October 7). Addressing Racism in Healthcare: Strategies and Lessons Learned from an Anti-Racism Initiative in Toronto,
    Canada. Paper presentation at Coming Together for Action Conference, Global Alliance for Behavioural Health and Social Justice. (virtual conference)
  • Hassen, N. (2019, May 2). Examining the link between urban green spaces and mental health: A scoping review and theoretical framework. Oral presentation delivered at
    Healthy Parks, Healthy People Forum, Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Hassen, N., Workentin, A., Michael, S., Mall, A., Pinto, A., Lofters, A. & Rackal, J. (2019, May 1). Anti-racism interventions in healthcare settings: A scoping review. Oral
    presentation delivered at Public Health 2019, Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Hassen, N. & Pinto, A. (2017, May 31). Employment Interventions in Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review. Oral Presentation delivered at 2017 Trillium Primary
    Health Care Research Day.
  • Manson, H., Tyler, I & Hassen, N. (2016, April 7). Action on Priority Populations. Oral
    presentation delivered at The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC), Post - TOPHC Workshop.
  • Tyler, I. & Hassen, N. (2015, May 26). Priority Populations Project: A Proportionate Approach. Oral presentation delivered at Public Health 2015, Canadian Public Health
    Association (CPHA) Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Examining the Role of Street Design in Creating Healthy and Engaging Communities. Presentation at Public Health 2015, Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Conference  (2015, May 26).
  • From Policymaker to Practitioner: Identifying Priority Populations in  Ontario, Canada. Poster presentation at the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) Young Researcher’s Forum (2014, Nov 19).
  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health: A Consumer's Perspective. Presentation at the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference. (2014, June 20).
  • Removing Tokenism: Meaningful Youth Involvement in an HIV and AIDS Support and Awareness Focused Organization that Teaches, Facilitates and Nurtures Youth Voice - Building a Sustainable Model. Poster presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS2012). (2012, July 25).