Hassanatu Blake

Department of Planning, Engineering, and Permits
Birmingham, AL

HASSANATU BLAKE is a strategist and leader with more than 15 years of experience in the public health and educational technology sectors. She is dedicated to global, cross-cultural technology-powered exchange and evidence-based community interventions. She has experience in stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships and planning, research, and program design and development. Most recently, she has focused on community development and research to address some of the greatest challenges and opportunities in the health sector. Hassanatu holds an MBA from Plymouth State University, an MPH in health policy and management from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a B.A. from Tufts University. She is also a doctoral student at the School of Public Health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.



Birmingham recognizes that social determinants of health, including the built environment of neighborhoods, are major factors in health inequities across the city. To address these challenges, the Department of Planning, Engineering, and Permits created Shape Bham to integrate equity measures into the planning process at the neighborhood level. To support this effort, the department is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow Hassanatu Blake to develop a comprehensive strategy to operationalize the Shape Bham program.