Arin Ahlum Hanson, MPH, CHES

Manager, Young Women’s Initiative

Arin manages LBBC's Young Women’s Initiative and oversees the research, evaluation, development and execution of educational programs related to premenopausal women diagnosed with breast cancer. The initiative is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Arin started working at LBBC in 2009 as LBBC’s Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Under Arin’s leadership, the Young Women’s Initiative has grown to reach over 100,000 young women affected by breast cancer and their loved ones across the country each year.  She has also spearheaded the national needs assessment of young women that engaged over 1,500 young women from across the country.  Arin has overseen the development of over 120 web and print resources for young women, the Let’s Talk About It Video Series for Young Women (13 videos and counting!), the Young Advocate Program, and the expansion of LBBC’s healthcare provider education programs.

Arin received her bachelor's degree in peace and global studies and women's studies from Earlham College and her master's degree in public health in health behavior and health education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Arin has more than ten years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community health education programs, as well as conducing community health assessments with underserved communities.

Originally from rural Maryland, Arin now lives in the Walnut Hill neighborhood of West Philadelphia. She loves cooking for friends and family and is also learning how to garden, but she is currently spending a lot of time battling the neighborhood cats and squirrels that enjoy digging up her seeds.

What inspires my work at LBBC:I’m inspired by LBBC’s commitment to deeply understanding the diverse needs of people affected by breast cancer.  We invest the staff time and resources to conduct needs assessments and other evaluation efforts to ensure that our programs are effective and meeting our constituent needs.

My favorite quote to live by:You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it. – Grace Lee Boggs