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Joshua Cole brings a wealth of experience in biomedical and public health research to HMA Community Strategies. Applying behavioral economics principles into program design for improved health outcomes, Joshua specializes in policy analysis relevant to delivery system innovation, health equity, and HIV/AIDS.
Joshua has direct experience performing community needs assessments and stakeholder analysis. Skilled in quantitative methods, he translates claims data and utilizes statistical software to provide evidence-based solutions and exercises innovative thinking to impact community empowerment and health systems strengthening. Joshua is highly proficient with REDCap, SAS, Stata, and Tableau.
As a research curriculum specialist at Johns Hopkins University, Joshua systematically reviewed interventions germane to HIV prevention, microenterprise development, and behavioral economics – developing an analytical framework to identify and assess best practices. Joshua conducted in-depth interviews with homeless youth and developed curricula for four half-day sessions that integrated financial and HIV prevention education with behavioral economics to improve employability, entrepreneurial skills, and risk mitigation.
At the International Vaccine Access Center, Joshua created codebooks for two REDCap databases and oversaw data correction by staff at five study sites. He managed data quality and integrity by performing double data entry comparisons and creating SAS programs to identify discrepancies for over 15,000 records.
With the Public Health Institute and USAID Global Health Fellows II program, Joshua produced a landscape analysis on health labor market dynamics to inform programming on youth health workforce development. He developed health financing profiles for nine USAID priority countries that served as briefs for technical leadership.
Joshua spent nine months in Korea as a program research and design fellow with Medipeace. In this role, he co-wrote a memorandum of agreement between the Iloilo provincial government (Philippines), Medipeace, and West Visayas State University for a two-year project to increase healthcare access for 1,200 mothers and children by providing ambulances. As a research fellow at Seoul National University, Joshua assessed and improved questionnaires for an online survey with the Ivan Stop HIV/AIDS Project (iSHAP) – reviewing risk behavior questionnaires from Australia and the United States to inform survey design.
Joshua previously served as a research assistant at University of Pennsylvania, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Tufts University. Coupling research with volunteering, he has acquired significant exposure to healthcare delivery through clinical observations and physician shadowing at clinics, intensive care units, operating rooms, and the emergency department of Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Joshua earned his Master of Science in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry/molecular biology and French studies from Boston University.
Outside of the office, he likes to spend his free time practicing Korean calligraphy, exploring thrift stores, and engaging in the community.