Maisam Najafizada, MA, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Public Policy/Public Health/Population Health

Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA   |   A1B 3V6
Health Sciences Centre   |   Room 2852
t: 709 864-3376
f: 709 864-4991


Dr. Maisam Najafizada is interested in the intersection of population/public health and health systems. In the past five years, his research activities comprised evaluation of primary health care programs (population health interventions) within national health systems, assessing rural community interventions to improve overall population health, and synthesizing the literature around Community Health Workers as a potential Human Resources for Health for a Population Health System. Within the broader field of population and public health, his interests are:

Complex Adaptive Health Systems
Comprehensive Primary Health Care
Human Resources for (Population) Health
International Comparison of Health (Care) Systems
Health Policy Analysis

Current Research Projects

Helping community health workers address social causes of poor maternal and child health

To support community health workers in addressing the root causes of poor health, the CLEAR toolkit has been developed by an international collaboration of researchers and policymakers. The CLEAR toolkit is designed as a practical clinical decision-aid to help community health workers in not only treating the medical issues, but also asking their patients about underlying social problems, referring to local support services and advocating for larger social change. This can serve to promote community development and counteract the “inverse care law” with the aim of improving the health of disadvantaged populations and reducing health inequities. The CLEAR toolkit is being piloted in a number of settings (Pakistan, Uganda, and Canada) around the world to determine how the toolkit can best be adapted and used in a wide range of contexts. The aim of this research is to pilot the CLEAR toolkit in rural Afghanistan with the following objectives.

Courses Taught:
MED6293 Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
MED6721 Disease and Injury Prevention
MED6220 Introduction to Community Health
MED6288 Policy and Decision-Making


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