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Dr. Monika Arora PDF Print

Director - Health Promotion and Additional Professor

AroraDr. Dr. Monika Arora is a public health scientist working in the area of preventing NCDs through health promotion and health advocacy. She is the Director of the Health Promotion Division and Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India. She has been conducting large scale Group Randomized Trials and has expertise in designing multi-component interventions for behaviour change in population in multiple settings.Dr. Arora has over a decade of experience in managing large community trials with adolescents in India, including activities related to health literacy, health communication, community mobilization and training youth, teachers, health care personnel and law enforcers on various public health themes and legislation. Dr. Arora was one of the Commissioners of The Lancet Report “Our future: a Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing” published in May 2016.

Dr. Arora has been honoured with the Best Practices Award in Global Health in 2011 by the prestigious Global Health Council, for demonstrating best practice example in the area of health promotion among youth and community, especially focusing on preventing NCDs. She has also been awarded with WHO Director General’s World No Tobacco Day Award in 2012. She has extensive experience in policy research, epidemiological research and qualitative research in the area of adolescent health and prevention and control of NCDs.She has been recipient of Research Grants from National Institutes of Health (USA), World Health Organization(WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), International Development Research Center (IDRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust (UK)and Government of India (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare). She has been instrumental in conducting and publishing successes of school health interventions on tobacco control and tobacco prevention in India.

She completed her M.Sc. (child development) from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi (Delhi University), India. She has been trained in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and also completed her M.Sc. (Public Health) from LSHTM. She has also been trained in Health Promotion and Tobacco Control through various national and international courses. She completed herPh.D. in Health Promotion (Department of Cardiology) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. She is known nationally and internationally for her contributions to tobacco control and NCD prevention in India.She serves as expert on various government and international committees including Technical Resource Group formed by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Adolescent Health, expert committee on various tobacco control issues and ad hoc working group on Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability for Ending Childhood Obesity formed by World Health Organization.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Rout SK, Narayana KV, Sahu KS, Selvaraj S, Chatterjee M, Arora M. Poverty and Health Status of Beedi Workers in Andhra Pradesh. Economic and Political Weekly. 2017;52(10):54-9.
  • Bassi S, Gupta VK, Arora M, Harrell MB, Perry CL, Reddy KS. To assess the influence of tobacco use by family members, peers and role models on tobacco use status of adolescents living in urban slums of Delhi, India: Results from a longitudinal study. Ind J Youth Adol Health 2016; 3(3): 17-24.
  • Arora M, Tewari A, Bassi S, Chauhan K, et al. Exploring perceptions of alcohol use in two Indian states: A qualitative study from Delhi and Haryana, India. The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, [S.l.], dec. 2016. ISSN 1925-7066. Available at: http://www.ijadr.org/camh/index.php/ijadr/article/view/238>.
  • Sarkar BK, West R, Arora M, Ahluwalia JS, Reddy KS, Shahab L. Effectiveness of a brief community outreach tobacco cessation intervention in India: a cluster-randomised controlled trial (the BABEX Trial). Thorax. 2016 Oct.
  • Greene-Cramer B, Harrell M, Hoelscher D, Ranjit N, Sharma S, Arora M, et al. Parent dietary, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors associated with child behaviors and weight status among private school children in Delhi, India: a cross-sectional study. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health. Accepted 2016.
  • Nazar GP, Lee JT, Arora M, Millett C. Socioeconomic Inequalities in Secondhand Smoke Exposure at Home and at Work in Fifteen Low-and Middle-Income Countries. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2015 Nov 25:ntv261.
  • Panda R, Srivastava S, Persai D, Mendenhall E, Arora M, Mathur MR. System level approaches for mainstreaming tobacco control into existing health programs in India: Perspectives from the field. Journal of family medicine and primary care. 2015 Oct;4(4):559.
  • Arora M, Mathur MR, Singh N. A framework to prevent and control tobacco among adolescents and children: introducing the IMPACT model. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2013 Mar 1;80(1):55
  • Arora M, Nazar GP, Gupta VK, Perry CL, Reddy KS, Stigler MH. Association of breakfast intake with obesity, dietary and physical activity behavior among urban school-aged adolescents in Delhi, India: results of a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2012 Oct 17;12(1):1.
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