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Michelle Bashin, MHS

Program Director

Michelle Bashin, MHS, is program director of the Global Clean Cookstoves Project, a CDC-funded initiative which seeks to bring clean household energy to households worldwide. The project is in its fifth year and is currently exploring LPG interventions and scale-up with field activities in Guatemala and India.

Bashin has over 25 years experience implementing global public health programs with a  focus on health communication and behavior change. Her technical skills include strategic planning, program design and materials development. She has collaborated with government and non-governmental organizations, building communication capacity in such topics as HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal and child health, environmental health, tobacco control and reproductive health. Before joining PHI in 2009, Bashin worked for the Johns Hopkins University/Center for Communication Programs and Kaiser Permanente.

Bashin holds a master's degree in health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2007, Georgetown University honored her work with the Organization of African First Ladies Against AIDS for the HIV/AIDS prevention campaign, "Treat Every Child As Your Own." She has worked in 18 African and three Latin American countries.


Assessment of Noncommunicable Disease Surveillance Capacity in Low and Middle Income Countries

This project will finalize the design of a noncommunicable disease surveillance assessment tool that PHI pre-tested in Thailand.  After revamping the tool, PHI will use it to evaluate NCD surveillance in a second low and middle income country.  Following testing, PHI will analyze the findings and prepare a report on the Country’s NCD surveillance system strengths and areas where support is needed.

Burn Injury Surveillance Workshop

PHI provides logistical support to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) in the planning and implementation of the Burn Injury Surveillance Workshop as well as follow-up activities and workshops. PHI will work with GACC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify workshop venues, organize venue logistics, prepare agendas and information packets, record proceedings, and troubleshoot logistics before and during the workshops.

Cleaner Cook Stoves Project

This project seeks practical and sustainable cooking solutions that can deliver large reductions in household air pollution (HAP) in regions where biomass continues to be an important cooking fuel. Because HAP reductions of 80 to 90% are required for health gains to be achieved, the project continues to focus on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), increasing household adoption and reaching sustained and exclusive use of this clean fuel through demonstration projects in Guatemala and India.

Cleaner Cookstoves: Building Global Capacity and Improving Public Health

One-third of the world’s population, three billion people, depend on wood, charcoal and other biomass fuels for cooking. The World Health Organization has estimated that pollution from cooking fires causes over four million premature deaths per year, mostly among women and young children. Household air pollution causes acute respiratory infections, lung cancer and heart disease, among other serious illnesses. More people die each year from cooking smoke than from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. The urgency to transition billions of people to cleaner cooking is enormous.

PHI is tackling this challenge through a range of activities funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cookstove program evaluation, technical capacity-building and partnerships with organizations on the ground are just a few of PHI’s interventions to reduce mortality from household pollution. The program supports field work in Guatemala, India and other low-income countries and supports the efforts of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. 


Evaluation of Acceptability and Sustainability of Improved Stoves and their Impact on Indoor Air Quality and Child Health in Rural Western Kenya

PHI will provide support to the World Health Organization to: 1) establish research partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Columbia University, Liverpool University and Kenyan partners; 2) identify candidate clean stoves/fuels and carry out initial testing of emissions, fuel use and safety; and (3) identify study communities, install stoves, and monitor use and acceptability over first year.

Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project

This project will build on the hypertension treatment framework recently developed by CDC and PAHO in collaboration with high?level regional stakeholders. This shared framework seeks to improve hypertension control worldwide and will expand regional and global stakeholder understanding, commitment and action to implement global treatment recommendations. The project will further refine the framework standardizing pharmacological treatment of hypertension and complementing current hypertension guidelines. As a basis for this approach, CDC and PAHO applied infectious disease models that have proven successful for global TB and HIV management. The project treats essential medications, treatment protocols with targets, and patient cohort monitoring as fundamental elements of a structured treatment approach. Implementation will take place in Latin America and the Caribbean, regions where disease prevalence and limited treatment reflect the situation of hypertension worldwide.

Hypertension Lancet Commission

This project will provide ongoing support to help scale up the Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project (GSHTP) developed by CDC in collaboration with PAHO and other high-level regional stakeholders.  The project will improve the availability and accessibility of standardized hypertension tools through the development of a broad toolkit and technical package.  The project will continue to enhance stakeholder engagement through effective Alliance coordination, conduct of an international conference, and promotion of standardized treatment and medication procurement through two thematic webinars.

Initial Pilot Phase of Global Security Flagship Project: Program to Access, Strengthen Systems for AMR Detection, Prevention and Control in Healthcare

PHI will work with CDC India to advance India’s capacity to detect Antibiotic Microbial Resistance (AMR) in a sustainable way, and achieve measurable progress toward AMR Global Health Security action package targets: advancing from “red” to “green” assessment levels. This program leverages the Government of India’s and its Ministry of Health’s active interest and current planning to control the spread of AMR.

Supporting Occupational Road Safety in India

The National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCF), working with partners in and outside India, is developing road safety interventions in India. PHI will provide on-site services to conduct a technical meeting and workshop with partners in India and provide in-country logistics, technical, and communications support to CDCF.

Reducing Barriers to LPG Use Through Employer-Sponsored Programs: A Pilot Project in Guatemala (2016)

For many Guatemalan households, the high cost of an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cooking package (e.g. stove, gas cylinder, fuel and regular) pose...

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What Do Guatemalan Households Say About LPG? (2016)

Through market research in Guatemala, PHI identified the key motivators for women who cook with propane gas (LPG), including ease of use, speed and...

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Scaling Up Demand for LPG in Guatemala: Motivators, Barriers and Opportunities (2015)

In Guatemala, about 70% of urban households use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking. Over half of these users continue to cook with firewood....

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