UW Health has hired Anupama (pronounced ah-NU-pah-ma) Bhalla as a new tobacco care manager for the UW-CTRI study known as BREATHE 2.
Bhalla (who also goes by “Anu”) comes to this project from UW Health–Office of Population Health, where she worked on a variety of projects addressing social determinants of health to achieve health equity.
For BREATHE 2, she proactively reaches out to patients at UW Health who have identified as tobacco users, and offer them free treatment to quit tobacco use.
“I’m really interested in this research,” she said.
A native of India, she and her family have lived in Canada and now she’s a US citizen. Among her varied experiences, she has served as a dentist in India, as a community improvement AmeriCorps coordinator at UW Health, and as a resource navigator at UW Health. She received her degree in dentistry from Nagpur University in India, her master’s in public health from Des Moines University in Iowa, and also is a certified nonprofit professional by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
In her free time, she loves to be with her family. In fact, she even learned to play the video game Minecraft in order to have fun with her 10-year old son.