Roosa Sofia Tikkanen
Background and activities
I'm a PhD candidate (2021-25) at the Center for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN), where I study community health workers (CHWs) and their role in reducing social inequalities in health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with a focus on maternal and child health. I'm particularly interested in examining governance models that strengthen CHW programs, particularly through a gender equity lens, as well as the role of CHWs as 'social change agents' facilitating community mobilization and collaborative governance in local decision-making. I'm an active member of the Norwegian Research School for Global Health (NRSGH). Please don't hesitate to contact me if your research interests align with mine, as I'm always looking to expand my professional network.
Before joining CHAIN, I worked at the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based philantrophy where I conducted comparative health policy research including on primary care performance, income-based inequalities, health systems and universal coverage, social spending, and maternal care. Prior to this, I was a Policy Analyst at the Center for Health Law and Policy, University of Massachussetts Medical School in Boston, where I consulted on state-based projects on health services financing and delivery, including community health worker programs in the U.S. My research has also documented racial inequalities in access to and public funding of hospitals in New York. I hold a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and a Masters in Research (MRes) in Integrative Biology and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Neuroscience from the University of Manchester, England. See full CV for further details on my professional background.